• GRE 2013: High Frequency GRE Words

    List of High Frequency GRE Words for Test Takers of 2013. These are the real GRE words that you see most frequently in the General GRE Realtime Test. Learn these Important GRE words thoroughly before attending GRE General test.

    GRE High Frequency Words

    Abate – v – subside or moderate.
    Aberrant – adj – abnormal or deviant
    Abeyance – n – suspended action
    Abscond – v – depart secretly and hide
    Abstemious – adj – sparing in eating and drinking temperate
    Admonish – v – warn; reprove.
    Adulterate – v – make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
    Aesthetic – artistic dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
    Aggregate – v – gather; accumulate
    Alacrity – n – cheerful promptness; eagerness
    Alleviate – v – relieve
    Amalgamate – v – combine; unite in one body
    Ambiguous – adj – unclear or doubtful in meaning
    Ambivalence – n – the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
    Ameliorate – v – improve
    Anachronism – n – something or someone misplaced in time
    Analogous – adj – comparable
    Anarchy – n – absence of governing body; state of disorder
    Anomalous – adj – abnormal; irregular
    Antipathy – n – aversion; dislike
    Apathy – n - lack of caring; indifference
    Appease – v – pacify or soothe; relieve
    Apprise – v - inform
    Approbation – n – approval
    Appropriate – acquire; take possession of for one’s own use
    Arduous – adj – hard; strenuous
    Artless – adj – without guile; open and honest
    Ascetic – adj – practicing self-denial; austere
    Assiduous – adj- diligent
    Assuage – v – ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
    Attenuate – v – make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
    Audacious – adj – daring bold
    Austere – forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
    Autonomous – self-governing
    Aver – assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state, formally as a fact
    Banal – hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
    Belie – contradict; give a false impression
    Beneficent – kindly; doing good
    Bolster – support; reinforce
    Bombastic – pompous; using inflated language
    Boorish – rude; insensitive
    Burgeon – grow forth
    Burnish – make shiny by rubbing; polish
    Buttress – support; prop up
    Cacophonous – discordant; inharmonious
    Capricious – unpredictable; fickle
    Castigation-punishment; severe criticism
    Catalyst – agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
    Caustic – burning; sarcastically biting
    Chicanery – trickery; deception
    Coagulate – thicken; congeal; clot
    Coda – concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes
    Cogent – convincing
    Commensurate – corresponding in extent, degree, amount; proportionate
    Compendium – brief; comprehensive summary
    Complaisant – trying to please; overly polite; obliging
    Compliant – yielding; conforming to requirements
    Conciliatory – reconciling; soothing
    Condone – overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
    Confound – confuse; puzzled
    Connoisseur – person competent to act as a judge of art
    Contention – claim; thesis
    Contentious – quarrelsome
    Contrite – penitent; repentant
    Conundrum – riddle; difficult problem
    Converge – approach; tend to meet; come together
    Convoluted – coiled around; involved; intricate
    Craven – cowardly
    Daunt – intimidate; frighten
    Decorum – propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
    Default – failure to act
    Deference – courteous regard for another’s wish
    Delineate – portray; depict; sketch
    Denigrate – blacken
    Deride – ridicule; make fun of
    Derivative; unoriginal; obtained from another source
    Desiccate – dry up
    Desultory – aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
    Deterrent – something that discourage; hindrance
    Diatribe – bitter scolding; invective
    Dichotomy – split; branching into two parts (usually contradictory)
    Diffidence – shyness
    Diffuse – wordy; rambling; spread out
    Digression – wandering away from the subject
    Dirge – lament with music
    Disabuse – correct a false impression; undeceive
    Discerning – mentally quick and observant; having insight
    Discordant – not harmonious; conflicting
    Discredit – defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
    Discrepancy – lack of consistency; difference
    Discrete – separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts
    Disingenuous – lacking genuine candor; insincere
    Disinterested; unprejudiced
    Disjointed – lacking coherence; separated at the joints
    Dismiss – eliminate from consideration; reject
    Disparage – belittle
    Disparate – basically different; unrelated
    Dissemble – disguise; pretend
    Disseminate – distribute; spread; scatter
    Dissolution – disintegration; looseness in morals
    Dissonance – discord; opposite of harmony
    Distend – expend; swell out
    Distill – purify; refine; concentrate
    Diverge – vary; go in different directions from the same point
    Divest – strip; deprive
    Document – provide written evidence
    Dogmatic – opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
    Dormant – sleeping; lethargic; latent
    Dupe – someone easily fooled
    Ebullient – showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
    Eclectic – selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
    Efficacy – power to produce desired effect
    Effrontery – impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness
    Elegy – poem or song expressing lamentation
    Elicit – draw out by discussion
    Embellish – adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
    Empirical – based on experience
    Emulate – imitate; rival
    Endemic – prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
    Enervate – weaken
    Engender – cause; produce
    Enhance – increase; improve
    Ephemeral – short-lived; fleeting
    Equanimity – calmness of temperament; composure
    Equivocate – lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
    Erudite – learned; scholarly
    Esoteric – hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
    Eulogy – expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone’s death
    Euphemism – mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
    Exacerbate – worsen; embitter
    Exculpate – clear from blame
    Exigency – urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention
    Extrapolation – projection; conjecture
    Facetious – joking (often inappropriately)
    Facilitate – help bring about; make less difficult
    Fallacious – false; misleading
    Fatuous – brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug
    Fawning – trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing
    Felicitous – apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
    Fervor – glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
    Flag – droop; grow feeble
    Fledgling – inexperienced
    Flout – reject; mock; show contempt for
    Foment – stir up; instigate
    Forestall – prevent by taking action in advance
    Frugality – thrift, economy
    Futile – useless; hopeless; ineffectual
    Gainsay – deny
    Garrulous – loquacious; wordy; talkative
    Goad – urge on
    Gouge – overcharge
    Grandiloquent – pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
    Gregarious – sociable
    Guileless – without deceit
    Gullible – easily deceived
    Harangue – long, passionate, and vehement speech
    Homogeneous – off the same kind
    Hyperbole – exaggeration; overstatement
    Iconoclastic – attacking cherished traditions
    Idolatry – worship of idols
    Immutable – unchangeable
    Impair – injure; hurt
    Impassive – without feeling; imperturbable; stoical
    Impede – hinder; block
    Impermeable – impervious; not permitting passage through its substance
    Imperturbable – calm placid
    Impervious – impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
    Implacable – incapable of being pacified
    Implicit – understood but not stated
    Implode – burst inward
    Inadvertently – unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
    Inchoate – recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
    Incongruity – lack of harmony; absurdity
    Inconsequential – insignificant; unimportant
    Incorporate – introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
    Indeterminate – uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
    Indigence – poverty
    Indolent – lazy
    Inert – inactive; lacking power to move
    Ingenuous – naοve and trusting; young; unsophisticated
    Inherent – firmly established by nature or habit
    Innocuous – harmless
    Insensible – unconscious; unresponsive
    Insinuate – hint; imply; creep in
    Insipid – lacking in flavor; dull
    Insularity – narrow-mindedness; isolation
    Intractable – unruly; stubborn; unyielding
    Intransigence – refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
    Inundate – overwhelm; flood; submerge
    Inured – accustomed; hardened
    Invective – abuse
    Irascible – irritable; easily angered
    Irresolute – uncertain how to act; weak
    Itinerary – plan of a trip
    Laconic – brief and to the point
    Lassitude – languor; weariness
    Latent – potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
    Laud – praise
    Lethargic – drowsy; dull
    Levee – earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
    Levity – lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
    Log – record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities
    Loquacious – talkative
    Lucid – easily understood
    Luminous – shining; issuing light
    Magnanimity – generosity
    Malingerer – one who feigns illness to escape duty
    Malleable – capable to being shaped by pounding; impressionable
    Maverick – rebel; nonconformist
    Mendacious – lying; habitually dishonest
    Metamorphosis – change of form
    Meticulous – excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
    Misanthrope – one who hates mankind
    Mitigate – appease; moderate
    Mollify – soothe
    Morose – ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
    Mundane – worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
    Negate – cancel out; nullify; deny
    Neophyte – recent convert; beginner
    Obdurate – stubborn
    Obsequious – slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
    Obviate – make unnecessary; get rid of
    Occlude – shut; close
    Officious – meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one’s services
    Onerous – burdensome
    Opprobrium – infamy; vilification
    Oscillate – vibrate pendulumlike; waver
    Ostentatious – showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
    Paragon – model of perfection
    Partisan – one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
    Pathological – pertaining to disease
    Paucity – scarcity
    Pedantic – showing off learning; bookish
    Penchant – strong inclination; liking
    Penury – severe poverty; stinginess
    Perennial – something long-lasting
    Perfidious – treacherous; disloyal
    Perfunctory – superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, enthusiasm
    Permeable – penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
    Pervasive – spread throughout
    Phlegmatic – clam; not easily disturbed
    Piety – devoutness; reverence for God
    Placate – pacify; conciliate
    Plasticity – ability to be molded
    Platitude – trite remark
    Plethora – excess; overabundance
    Plummet – fall sharply
    Porous – full of pores; like a sieve
    Pragmatic – practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
    Preamble – introductory statement
    Precarious – uncertain; risky
    Precipitate – rash; premature; hasty; sudden
    Precursor – forerunner
    Presumptuous – arrogant; taking liberties
    Prevaricate – lie
    Probity – uprightness; incorruptibility
    Problematic – doubtful; unsettled; questionable
    Prodigal – wasteful; reckless with money
    Profound – deep; not superficial; complete
    Prohibitive – tending to prevent the purchase or use of something
    Proliferate – grow rapidly; spread; multiply
    Propensity – natural inclination
    Propitiate – appease
    Propriety 0 fitness; correct conduct
    Proscribe – ostracize; banish; outlaw
    Pungent – stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
    Qualified – limited; restricted
    Quibble - minor objection or complaint
    Quiescent – at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
    Rarefied – made less dense (of a gas)
    Recalcitrant – obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
    Recant – disclaim of disavow; retract a precious statement
    Recluse – hermit; loner
    Recondite – abstruse; profound; secret
    Refractory – stubborn, unmanageable
    Refute – disprove
    Relegate – banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
    Reproach – express disapproval or disappointment
    Reprobate – person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
    Repudiate - disown; disavow
    Rescind – cancel
    Resolution – determination
    Resolve – determination; firmness of purpose
    Reticent – reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
    Reverent – respectful; worshipful
    Sage – person celebrated for wisdom
    Salubrious – healthful
    Sanction – approve; ratify
    Satiate – satisfy fully
    Saturate – soak thoroughly
    Savor – enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
    Secrete – hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
    Shard – fragment, generally of pottery
    Skeptic – doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view
    Solicitous – worried, concerned
    Soporific – sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
    Specious – seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
    Spectrum – color band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism
    Sporadic – occurring irregularly
    Stigma – token of disgrace; brand
    Stint – be thrifty; set limits
    Stipulate – make express conditions, specify
    Stolid – dull; impassive
    Striated – marked with parallel bands; grooved
    Strut – pompous walk
    Strut – supporting bar
    Subpoena – writ summoning a witness to appear
    Subside – settle down; descend; grow quiet
    Substantiate – establish by evidence; verity; support
    Supersede – cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
    Supposition – hypothesis; surmise
    Tacit – understood; not put into words
    Tangential – peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
    Tenuous – thin; rare; slim
    Tirade – extended scolding; denunciation; harangue
    Torpor – lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
    Tortuous – winding; full of curves
    Tractable – docile; easily managed
    Transgression – violation of a law; sin
    Truculence – aggressiveness; ferocity
    Vacillate – waver; fluctuate
    Venerate – revere
    Veracious – truthful
    Verbose – wordy
    Viable – practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
    Viscous – sticky, gluey
    Vituperative – abusive; scolding
    Volatile – changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
    Warranted – justified; authorized
    Wary – very cautious
    Welter – turmoil; bewildering jumble
    Whimsical – capricious; fanciful
    Zealot – fanatic; perso who shows excessive zeal (enthusiasm)
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