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GRE | List of words to enhance your vocabulary
  • Last Updated : 20 May, 2020

Building strong vocabulary is the first step to start preparation for GRE. Strong hold on Vocabulary will be of great help to easily score in the Verbal Section.

The Verbal section consists of text completion, sentence equivalence and Reading Comprehension.

Good hold on vocabulary will be a great help to solve the questions in the Verbal Section.
You can easily and quickly build your vocabulary by learning root words.

Set-1 :
The list of 10 most common root words with alphabet ‘A’ with their meaning and examples is as follows:

NoRoot wordMeaningExamplesMeaning
1ambulwalksomnambulistsomeone who walks in sleep
ambulatoryable to walk about
perambulatewalkabout
2autoselfautomaticworking by self
autonomoushaving self rule
autocracygovernment by one
autocratdictator
3ambitwo or more / bothambidextroususe both hands
ambivertone who is between introvert & extrovert
ambiguoushaving more than one meaning
4anthrope/anthropmankindanthropicrelating to humans
anthropologystudy of human race
misanthropeperson who hate others
philanthropymankind lover
philanthropistone who loves mankind
5aquwateraquariuma fish tank
aqueoussolution that is made from water as solvent
aquifera layer of rock bearing water
6aster/astrstarasteriska star shaped mark
disasterfrom the idea that disaster was caused by bad stars
astronautstar sailor
7animlife/soul/mindanimalthing which has life
animateliving
animadversionadverse means against – mind is turned against someone
animositydislike
8alter/altrotheraltruismone who loves other
altruistsactions look toward benefit of others
altruisticunselfish
alternatesubstitute
9ante/antbeforeanticipatetake into account before due time
antedateaffix an earlier than true date
antecedentpreceding
antebellumBefore a war
antiquatedOld
antediluvianOld fashioned
10antiagainstantipathydislike / aversion
antagonismhostility / resistance

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