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Vocabulary Skill Builder

In standardized test there are words that from time to time show up. If you are preparing to take CBEST, CSET English, GRE, LSAT, or GMAT, I am collecting words in this blog alphabetically. This exercise is also for students who want to improve on their vocabulary skills in general.

Increasing your vocabulary will greatly increase your word acumen and master English in work and in leisure.

Creating Vocabulary Flash Cards
The best method of increasing vocabulary is creating and customizing your own vocabulary flash cards. This way you discover words and add them to your list of growing vocabulary words.

Begin with the word, then the part of speech, noun, verb, the first and second meaning, synonym or antonym, if any.

For Example:
Abscond v. Depart hurriedly and furtively, esp. unlawfully or to avoid arrest. SYN. Flee, take flight, depart.

Word application:
His plan was to abscond with the smuggled goods as quickly as possible.

Dictionary and Thesaurus:
A good dictionary such as Webster’s Collegiate, The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus, Roget’s Thesaurus are good resources for building your word collection. In this exercise, I’m using the Oxford Desk reference and Roget’s Super Thesaurus. Whichever dictionary you use, make sure that it is robust in words and their meaning is concise and accurate.

If you are in need of a dictionary the best source is online:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/
http://oxforddictionaries.com/us
The Oxford site is a good resource for grammar development as well.

I'm using the Spark Charts Vocabulary, which you can find online or any Bookstore for a few dollars.

New Words:

abandon

abate

abdicate

abduct

aberration

abet

abhorrent

abide

abject

abjure

Locate definition and create three sentences conjugated, if any.