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This list consists of 300 common SAT words, and is a relatively difficult vocabulary. If you finish basic list, it's an optional to study. These words are common in SAT test but not common in daily. So for many students half or more of the vocabulary are new words. To help study and understand, each word has definition and example. In addition, lots of quizzes are also provided, such as matching and spelling. For matching quiz, each word has 4 optional definitions to match. For spelling quiz, you can input word from keyboard, what your input will be checked real time, and you may see result immediately. If you are ESL, you may select definition from 20 languages to combine with original English definition. This is handy and fun tool to build SAT common words.


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austere: Read
/ɒ'stɪə(r)/ a.
strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
The headmaster's austere demeanor tended to scare off the more timid students, who never visited his study willingly.

aversion: Read
/ə'vɜrʃ(ə)n/;/ə'vɜrʒn/ n. Syn. disgust
firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
Risk aversion is one of the most serious problems and largest cost of our human space flight.

balk: Read
/bɔ:lk/ v. Syn. refuse
stop short and refuse to go on; refuse obstinately or abruptly
When the warden learned that several inmates were planning to escape, he took steps to balk their attempt.

banal: Read
/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.

bane: Read
/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.

bard: Read
/bɑrd/ n. Syn. poet
poet, especially lyric poet
The ancient bard Homer sang of the fall of Troy.

bastion: Read
/'bæstɪən/ n. Syn. fortress; defense
fortress; projecting part of fortification; well-fortified position
The villagers fortified the town hall, hoping this improvised bastion could protect them from the guerillas' raids.

befuddle: Read
/bɪ'fʌd(ə)l/ v. Syn. confuse
confuse thoroughly; becloud and confuse, as with liquor; make stupid with alcohol
His attempts to clarify the situation only befuddle her further.

begrudge: Read
/bɪ'grʌdʒ/ v. Syn. resent
resent; give or expend with reluctance; be envious of
I begrudge every minute I have to spend attending meetings; they're a complete waste of time.

beguile: Read
/bɪ'gaɪl/ v. Syn. mislead; delude;deceive
mislead; delude; deceive by guile
With flattery and big talk of easy money, the con men beguile Kyle into betting his allowance on the shell game.

belabor: Read
/bɪ'leɪbə(r)/ v.
discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon
The debate coach warns her students if they belabor her point they will bore the audience.

beleaguer: Read
/bɪ'li:gə(r)/ v. Syn. harass
besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
The babysitter is surrounded by a crowd of unmanageable brats who relentlessly beleaguer her.

belie: Read
/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.

belittle: Read
/bɪ'lɪt(ə)l/ v. Syn. depreciate
disparage or depreciate; put down
Parents should not belittle their children's early attempts at drawing, but should encourage their efforts.

bellicose: Read
/'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.

belligerent: Read
/bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
Whenever he had too much to drink, he became belligerent and tried to pick fights with strangers.

bemoan: Read
/bɪ'moʊn/ v.
regret strongly; express disapproval of
Although critics bemoan the serious flaws in the author's novels, each year his latest book tops the best-seller list.

benevolent: Read
/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.

benign: Read
/bɪ'naɪn/ a. Syn. kindly; favorable
kindly; favorable; not malignant
Though her benign smile and gentle bearing made Miss Marple seem a sweet little old lady, in reality she was a tough-minded lady.

berate: Read
/bɪ'reɪt/ v. Syn. scold
rebuke or scold angrily and at length
He feared she would berate him for his forgetfulness.

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asylum  Read
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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speaking with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit; lengthened, slow monotonous utterance
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern
atrophy  Read
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wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
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acknowledge by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument; approve; support
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force into military service; take for public use; seize for military use; take arbitrarily or by force
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subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
augment  Read
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
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stupid person; person who is not very bright
bard  Read
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specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
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poet, especially lyric poet
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speaking with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit; lengthened, slow monotonous utterance
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
beguile  Read
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subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
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poet, especially lyric poet
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mislead; delude; deceive by guile
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
bestial  Read
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poet, especially lyric poet
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
clientele  Read
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acknowledge by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument; approve; support
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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clients of professional person; body of customers or patrons
collage  Read
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work of art put together from fragments
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specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
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present at birth; inborn; innate
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clients of professional person; body of customers or patrons
commandeer  Read
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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force into military service; take for public use; seize for military use; take arbitrarily or by force
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confuse thoroughly; becloud and confuse, as with liquor; make stupid with alcohol
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poet, especially lyric poet
compliant  Read
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yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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confuse thoroughly; becloud and confuse, as with liquor; make stupid with alcohol
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mislead; delude; deceive by guile
 300 Common SAT Words - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
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/'ætrəfɪ/ n. Syn. shrinkage
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain [___] and low levels of B12.


Spelling Word: atrophy
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/bɪ'grʌdʒ/ v. Syn. resent
resent; give or expend with reluctance; be envious of
I [___] every minute I have to spend attending meetings; they're a complete waste of time.


Spelling Word: begrudge
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/bɪ'moʊn/ v.
regret strongly; express disapproval of
Although critics [___] the serious flaws in the author's novels, each year his latest book tops the best-seller list.


Spelling Word: bemoan
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/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Mr. Fezziwig was a [___] employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.


Spelling Word: benevolent
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/'klɛmənsɪ/ n.
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to Judge Smith's chambers because Smith was noted for her [___] toward first offenders.


Spelling Word: clemency
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/'kɒdʒɪteɪt/ v. Syn. meditate; ponder
think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply
Cogitate on this problem; the solution will come.


Spelling Word: cogitate
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/kə'loʊkwɪəl/ a. Syn. conversational; informal
of informal spoken language or conversation; conversational or chatty
He might have to explain [___] English to her, but he did not have to explain the intangibles of their lives and work.


Spelling Word: colloquial
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/'kɒnsəmeɪt/ a.
carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect
She dealt with the problem with [___] skill.


Spelling Word: consummate
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/kən'tɛmpərərɪ/;/kən'tɛmpərɛrɪ/ a.
modern; belonging to the same period of time
The Danes have now taken the top drama award at the Emmys for three out of the past four years with [___] drama set in Denmark.


Spelling Word: contemporary
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/'kɒrəgeɪtɪd/ a. Syn. wrinkled
wrinkled; shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
She wished she could smooth away the wrinkles from his [___] brow.


Spelling Word: corrugated