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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:

No Root word Meaning Examples Meaning
1 ambul walk somnambulist someone who walks in sleep
ambulatory able to walk about
perambulate walkabout
2 auto self automatic working by self
autonomous having self rule
autocracy government by one
autocrat dictator
3 ambi two or more / both ambidextrous use both hands
ambivert one who is between introvert & extrovert
ambiguous having more than one meaning
4 anthrope/anthrop mankind anthropic relating to humans
anthropology study of human race
misanthrope person who hate others
philanthropy mankind lover
philanthropist one who loves mankind
5 aqu water aquarium a fish tank
aqueous solution that is made from water as solvent
aquifer a layer of rock bearing water
6 aster/astr star asterisk a star shaped mark
disaster from the idea that disaster was caused by bad stars
astronaut star sailor
7 anim life/soul/mind animal thing which has life
animate living
animadversion adverse means against – mind is turned against someone
animosity dislike
8 alter/altr other altruism one who loves other
altruists actions look toward benefit of others
altruistic unselfish
alternate substitute
9 ante/ant before anticipate take into account before due time
antedate affix an earlier than true date
antecedent preceding
antebellum Before a war
antiquated Old
antediluvian Old fashioned
10 anti against antipathy dislike / aversion
antagonism hostility / resistance

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