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ASVAB Word Knowledge

August 3, 2016
The Word Knowledge section of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a vocabulary test that assesses word meanings, synonyms, and antonyms in a multiple-choice format. Practicing this list on Vocabulary.com will expand your word knowledge and hone your test-taking skills via a variety of contexts and question types.
abate
If the wind didn’t abate—and soon—the summit would be out of the question for all of us.
accord
International monitors have recently raised the alarm about both sides violating peace accords by using heavy weaponry that was supposed to have been withdrawn.
admonish
The Hippocratic Oath admonishes doctors to keep secret what they “see or hear” from patients.
advocate
That cumbersome process has drawn criticism from healthy food advocates who want ingredients derived from biotech crops flagged as explicitly as possible.
afflict
I have a message for all of you: The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end.
alleged
The police are already looking into " alleged financial irregularities" surrounding the loan, because the cash has gone missing.
ambiguous
“Funk is a feeling. It’s rhythmic, it’s movement, it’s tone color. Everybody thinks they know what it is, but I like to leave it ambiguous.”
amicable
The exchange came to an amicable end, as each party leader wished the other an enjoyable holiday.
antecedent
Chomsky has dismissed efforts to teach apes like Koko how to sign as revealing nothing about the antecedents of human language.
apprehensive
He didn’t know what to expect from the job and felt a bit apprehensive.
apprise
Nicole kept the other sisters apprised of what was going on by phone.
audacious
An exploded bubble could very well mean that those “totally audacious” bets will go unfunded entirely.
austere
With its granite and cream tiles and bare walls, the room exuded an austere aesthetic.
bibliophile
With a Kindle, the bibliophile in your life will be able to easily carry around their entire library wherever they go.
brusque
“He was passionate, opinionated, and sometimes brusque and rude,” she writes.
caucus
Their nominating caucuses — which were informal meetings of congressmen — had picked the three previous presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
cede
Self-driving cars can be ranked on how much control they cede to the vehicle.
chagrined
We are duly mortified, chagrined and abashed and apologize to our readers.
compel
With those simple words, her brother was gone — and she felt compelled to take control in the ensuing chaos.
complacent
Surely he wasn’t complacent enough to put aside his teacher’s instinct just because of a test score.
comply
On its website, Niantic says users must comply with age restrictions and applicable laws to play its games.
conceit
The conceit visually articulates a metaphor: Despite conviction and courage, the play’s characters are foundering for lack of empathy.
conceited
“She’s not stuck up or conceited or look down on us. I love her. She has a heart of gold.”
conscientious
“It’s almost a lost art. He’s very conscientious about his work. He’ll stick with it until it’s done right.”
conspicuous
You want to be visible, but you don’t want to be conspicuous.
corporeal
Maybe it’s unfair to compare a corporeal creature with a cartoon caricature, but today, that’s what I'm doing.
coup
“We have such a strong economy that we overcome this coup with small scratches,” Mr. Yildirim said.
decorum
He allowed that he had been taken aback by how disrespectfully they had greeted him, and by the lack of “ decorum” and “civilized debate.”
defensive
Most of the public discussion has been about defensive measures, such as how to protect networks of the government and the private sector from attack.
deference
Most clerics kept quiet out of deference to the king.
deferential
Throughout the season, Porzingis has been unfailingly deferential to Anthony — an approach that Anthony clearly appreciates.
deploy
If deployed in the field, the new tool could help medical professionals detect infected patients more quickly.
diffidence
He wears baggy white overalls that drown his frame and a shy smile that speaks of his diffidence.
disapprobation
The social disapprobation against being rude and demeaning completely enrages them.
discredit
The allegations were later discredited and convictions overturned, but the actions damaged morale and fueled resentment.
efficacy
That vaccine had an efficacy of 31%, which was too low to license it for general use.
ellipsis
The ellipsis indicates that something has been omitted.
ensconce
She often seemed at ease, he said, only when she and her husband were ensconced in safe surroundings.
equable
"What happens is, I'm pretty equable and pretty much the same most of the time," he says with a shrug.
evident
“It is not their presence which is troubling but the danger, which is now more evident than before,” he said.
execrate
He was found out, and execrated by all--for he had been false to all--he fled for his life.
explicate
Then, there's the tone of exposition, of a story explicated rather than told.
feign
I could no longer feign being outdoorsy, so I made the only contribution I could: I became an Amazonian homemaker.
fidelity
This promised to be a lot better than my cheapo earplugs, with a bonus of better fidelity to the actual sounds I’d hear.
fraught
But the conductor generates a sense of calm that permeates the room, no matter how fraught he might be feeling.
gainsay
My evaluation process would be a lot simpler and less anxiety-ridden if I knew I would never be gainsaid by any student.
gouge
The bite marks could have been chiselled out, so deep are they cut into the metal, with whole chunks gouged from the frame.
grudging
While change is coming, it is grudging and slow.
hardship
But after the hardships they endured early in life, this challenge isn’t that scary.
impurity
New methods could scrub impurities from recycled steel to make products for the aerospace and car industries, he said.

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