How Many Of These ACT Words Do You Know?

By: Heather Cahill

How Many Of These ACT Words Do You Know?
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About This Quiz

Crack open a dictionary and get ready to ace this quiz. Unless you think you know ACT words like the back of your hand! Some may be more commonly used, while others you may not have heard before. But both are just as hard to define! If you think you're a word whiz, then you'll have to put your skills to the test.

Do you know words like "adulation," "deleterious" and "burgeon"? What about "circuitous," "orator" and "superfluous"? OK, now tell us what they mean! You'll need to remember definitions for this quiz. You can't ask for its use in a sentence to help you out here!

Can you match a word to its definition or synonym? Do you know which ACT word would be used to express admiration? What about the word that is synonymous with the word "florid"? Too easy? If you said yes, then we'd say that you're pretty prepared for this quiz!

Expanding your vocabulary is an incredible way to learn and gain new understanding. Without words, where would we be today? So, ACT aces, if you could answer any of the questions above, then get ready to prove your knowledge. Show off your vocabulary skills by taking this quiz!

What word is used to describe something that has been overused?
hackneyed
The correct word is "hackneyed," which can be used for things like slang. Here it is in a sentence: "The acronym "LOL" is so hackneyed."
convergence
florid
ubiquitous

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Which word is synonymous with the word "circuitous"?
indirect
The word "circuitous" is synonymous with "indirect" and can be used to describe things like roads. If you take the back roads, you may be taking the most circuitous way to your destination.
magic
inexplicable
literal

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What does the word "omit" mean?
to exclude something
The word "omit" is one you've probably heard before. The word used in a sentence could be, "Make sure to omit the payment information on that transaction.
to call upon someone
to become successful
to quickly increase

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This word is synonymous with "perpetual." What is it?
adulation
circuitous
incessant
This is the word "incessant." It is most often used in situations where something is continuous and annoying or unwanted. In a sentence you could say, "The music was incessant, so I asked them to turn it down."
hedonist

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What does the word "lucrative" mean?
respectful and honest
an object that can transform
There's potential for profit.
You might want to get into something if its described as "lucrative!" Here is the word used in a sentence: "I heard the technology field is quite lucrative at the moment!"
a feeling of somberness

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What does the word "myriad" mean?
something that will always be the same
to pick up speed
a green hue
a large amount
The word "myriad" could be a good thing if it's said in regards to money, or love! Here's how it can be used in a sentence: "There's a myriad of people at the event today."

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Which word can be used to describe someone being thorough?
burgeon
lucrative
integrated
assiduous
The word is "assiduous", which is used when someone is being very thorough with something. You could say, "She was assiduous when she looked through the project details."

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What does the word "entrenched" mean?
to quickly increase
to be stuck
a bright flash of light
something that will always be the same
The word "entrenched" is synonymous with words like "firm." When used in a sentence you could say, "The family was entrenched in their new house."

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Which word can mean that something is put on someone?
retract
deleterious
vindicate
impute
This is the word "impute" which is often used in reference to someone. Here is an example of it in a sentence: "The talent was imputed to Stan."

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What does the word "draconian" mean?
something severe
The word "draconian" is often used in reference to rules that can be quite severe. Here it is in a sentence: "These draconian laws must go."
a genre of music
a large amount
a horrible tragedy

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What word is a synonym of "precocious"?
naive
irreplacable
cold
early
The word "precocious" is used to describe a person, especially a child, who displays certain traits earlier than expected. This can apply to puberty, even, for that 10-year-old with a mustache.

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What does the word "convergence" mean?
to move on
to be alert
to put up a facade
to join together
The word "convergence" might be an easy one to guess! When something converges, it means that it is joining together or merging together.

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What does the word "hedonist" mean?
someone that believes in God
someone who just celebrated a birthday
someone who wants fun in life
A "hedonist" is used in reference to a person. You can use it to describe someone who wants to live their life to the fullest through having fun.
someone who works in forestry

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What word is synonymous with the word "deleterious"?
magnificent
illustrious
harmful
The word "deleterious" is used to describe something harmful. Here it is used in a sentence: "The product was deleterious to everyone who purchased it."
dependent

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What does the word "opulent" mean?
something luxurious
The word "opulent" may sound like it is synonymous with "opaque," but that's not it! If something is opulent, it's something luxurious like for example, a yacht.
to move very slowly
to keep yourself grounded
something that came before another

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What does the word "transient" mean?
to be very calm
someone who is afraid of many things
someone who talks a lot
to be short-lived
The word "transient" means short-lived, as in housing or economic condition. Here it is in a sentence: "His stay was quite transient as he had a family emergency."

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Which word is a synonym for the word "censure"?
love
divorce
anger
disapproval
The word "censure' is synonymous with "disapproval." Here is an example of it used in a sentence: "The CEO was known for the major censure that many had toward him."

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Which word would be used to talk about admiring something?
limit
process
imitation
adulation
Adulation means to adore something. Here it is in a sentence: "She had so much adulation for the fall season, as it brought so much beauty to the world."

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What is the meaning of the word "belie"?
to hide something
The word "belie" is used when something may not be as it seems, or is hidden. Here it is used in a sentence: "Her facial expression belied what she told me."
there's potential for profit
something that lasts forever
an independent person

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Which word is synonymous with "querulous"?
risky
vibrant
complaining
The word "querulous" is just a fancy way to say the someone is complaining. When used in a sentence you could say, "He was querulous despite pleas for compliance from his mother."
imagination

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What does the word "ubiquitous" mean?
a liquid
a feeling of hapiness
to quickly increase
something is always there
The word "ubiquitous" is synonymous with words like "everywhere." In a sentence you might say, "It seems like reality TV has been ubiquitous lately."

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What does the word "antecedent" mean?
to catch an illness
a spherical object
objects that are able to float
something that came before another
The word "antecedent" describes something that came before another. In a sentence, you could say, "The antecedent of the chicken was the egg." This means that the chicken came before the egg. Or, you could put it the other way around!

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Which word is synonymous with the word "impetuous"?
understanding
transparent
fluidity
rapidly
The word "impetuous" is synonymous with "rapidly" as it refers to an action done very quickly and without much thought. Hopefully you aren't being impetuous with this quiz! It's always good to take your time.

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Which word is synonymous with "vindicate"?
improve
maliate
acquit
The word "vindicate" is used when proving the innocence of someone. Here is an example in a sentence: "He was vindicated after his court appearance."
stagnant

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Which word is synonymous with "parched"?
boring
forward
tired
thirsty
The word "parched" is used when someone is extremely thirsty. You've probably heard someone say "I'm absolutely parched," before!

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What word is a synonym of the word "perfidious"?
imperfect
limitless
sway
untrustworthy
The word "perfidious" is another way to say "untrustworthy". Make sure that you aren't being perfidious on this quiz so that you can get a good score!

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What does the word "burgeon" mean?
to desire to be in safe places
a high pitched noise
to quickly increase
The word "burgeon" has both Latin and French roots. Words like "growing" or "thriving" are synonyms for it. When used in a sentence, you could say, "We're excited about the burgeoning customer base that we have!"
a large, heavy object

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Which word refers to a place without rain?
magnetic
precocious
entrenched
arid
The correct word is "arid" which could be used to describe a place like the desert. Here it is in a sentence: "I went to visit the arid Sahara Desert."

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What word is synonymous with the word "florid"?
intimidating
regular
thick-skinned
rosy
The word "florid" is used when referring to someone with rosy skin. You could become florid if you are embarrassed or if you go outside on a cold winter day.

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Which word is used to describe something unexpected?
whim
protocol
transient
fortuitous
This would be the word "fortuitous". Another way to explain it is something that happens out of pure luck. For example you could say, "Fortuitously, the brothers showed up wearing the same outfit."

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Which word means to imitate somebody?
emulate
This word is "emulate". Sometimes, emulating may be a good thing to do. Try to emulate the intelligence of Stephen Hawking on quizzes!
querulous
antecedent
censure

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What does the word "superfluous" mean?
something thought to be awesome
unatainable
too much of something
The word "superfluous" may sound pretty "super" but it's actually used to describe something unnecessary due to overabundance. When used in a sentence you could say: "There was a superfluous amount of fruit on the tree."
something is always there

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Which word can be used to refer to something from a different period of time?
anachronistic
This would be "anachronistic" which most often refers to the past. Here's an example of the word in a sentence: "The anachronistic values didn't reflect the thoughts of most today."
burgeon
opulent
vindicate

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Which word can be used to describe common language?
florid
omit
prosaic
The correct word is "prosaic" which references language when spoken. Do you think some ACT words could be considered as prosaic?
impute

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What word is synonymous with "orator"?
restricted
important
hard-working
lecturer
The word "orator" sounds similar to "oral" which means to speak. You might find an orator at a lecture, a comedy club or even a ceremony.

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