accommodate (1) hold without crowding or inconvenience; have room for The new restaurant will accommodate 128 persons.
accommodate (2) oblige; do a favor for; furnish with something desired. I’m sorry I have no pen to lend you. Ask Norman. Perhaps he can accommodate you.
apprehend (1) anticipate (foresee) with fear; dread Now I see how foolish I was to apprehend the outcome of the test. I passed easily.
apprehend (2) arrest The escaped prisoner was apprehended as he tried to cross the border.
cleave stick; adhere; cling; be faithful Some of the residents are hostile to new ways; they cleave to the customs and traditions of the past.
conceal keep secret; withdraw from observation; hide I answered all questions truthfully, for I had nothing to conceal.
content satisfied; pleased If you are not content with the merchandise, you may return it for an exchange or a refund.
culprit one guilty of a fault or crime; offender The last time we were late for the party, I was the culprit. I wasn’t ready when you called for me.
eliminate drop; exclude; remove; get rid of; rule out The new director hoped to reduce expenses by eliminating unnecessary jobs.
facetious given to joking; not to be taken seriously; witty Bea meant it when she said she was quitting the team. She was not being facetious.
fatigue tire; exhaust; weary Why not take the elevator? Climbing the stairs will fatigue you.
infallible incapable of error; sure; certain; absolutely reliable When Phil disputes my answer or I question his, we take it to our math teacher. We consider her judgment infallible.
pilfer steal (in small amounts) The shoplifter was apprehended after pilfering several small articles.
province proper business or duty; sphere; jurisdiction If your brother misbehaves, you have no right to punish him; that is your parents’ province.
reflect think carefully; meditate; contemplate I could have given a much better answer if I had had time to reflect.
reverse turn completely about; change to opposite position; revoke; annul If found guilty, a person may appeal to a higher court in the hope that it will reverse the verdict.
shallow not deep Nonswimmers must use the shallow part of the pool.
superfluous beyond what is necessary or desirable; surplus; needless Margie Mason already had enough help; additional help would be superfluous.
surmount conquer; overcome; climb over At the end of the third quarter, the visitors were ahead by 18 points, a lead that our team was unable to surmount.
urban having to do with cities or towns In the United States today, the urban population far outnumbers the farm population.
vicinity neighborhood; locality; region about or near a place. Lost; Tan cat answering to “Tiger.” Vicinity of Main Street and First Avenue. Reward. 912- 0146.
vocation occupation; calling; business; trade; profession Ruth is studying to be a nurse. Bob plans to enter teaching. I, however, have not yet chosen a vocation.
Exercise 1: Each word or expression in column 1 has an ANTONYM in column 2. On your paper, enter the letter of the correct antonym. COLUMN 1 1. be conquered 2. superfluous 3. included 4. facetious 5. divulged 6. infallible 7. victory 8. shallow 9. fatigued 10. accommodate COLUMN 2 (A)to be taken seriously (B)rested (C)surmount (D)fail to oblige (E)necessary (F)deep (G)unreliable (H)eliminated (I)reverse (J)concealed
Exercise 2: On your paper, enter the letter of the word or expression that has most nearly the SAME MEANING as the italicized word. 1. nothing to dread (A) conceal (B) intimidate (C) apprehend (D) annul 2. still cleaving (A) turning (B) clinging (C) excluding (D) joking 3. superfluous remarks (A) necessary (B) additional (C) witty (D) needless 4. shallow dish (A) not filled (B) empty (C) deep (D) not deep 5. time to meditate (A) reflect (B) rest (C) withdraw (D) change
6. within your jurisdiction (A) judgment (B) province (C) knowledge (D) ability 7. unknown culprit (A) victim (B) enemy (C) crony (D) offender 8. glad to accommodate (A) do a favor (B) remove (C) get together (D) let go 9. far from content (A) full (B) displeased (C) satisfied (D) unhappy 10. common pilferer (A) thief (B) jeopardy (C) criminal (D) novice