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GRE Vocabulary 2020

This hot words list for GRE test takers is weekly selected from mainstream English media based on popular topics of 2020. It's an express supplement to prepare GRE test.

You can get example sentences and contexts to bind more words together with popular topics. It's a proven way to accumulate new words accurately.

We also include previous GRE vocabulary 2019-2018 in this page and add links of sentences and contexts from classic books for further reading.

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Recent Added GRE Words:
terrace   v. make sloping land into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps Detail
irrigation   n. supply of water to land or crops to help growth, typically by means of channels Detail
stipend   n. a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or allowance Detail
collaborator   n. a person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate Detail
knack   n. an acquired or natural skill at performing a task Detail
unabashed   a. not embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed Detail
blatant   a. done openly and unashamedly Detail
barbaric   a. savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal Detail
brand   v. consider or refer to something as being bad Detail
bolster   v. support or strengthen; prop up Detail
abet   Speak
v. encourage or assist someone to do something wrong
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accordance   Speak
n. following or obeying a rule, law, wish
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afloat   Speak
a. out of debt or difficulty
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barbaric   Speak
a. savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal
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blatant   Speak
a. done openly and unashamedly
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bolster   Speak
v. support or strengthen; prop up
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brand   Speak
v. consider or refer to something as being bad
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brawl   Speak
n. a rough or noisy fight or quarrel
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chatter   Speak
n. incessant trivial talk
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clog   Speak
v. block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
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collaborator   Speak
n. a person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate
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diocese   Speak
n. a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church
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draconian   Speak
a. excessively harsh and severe
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elbow out of   Speak
v. pressure someone to depart something
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epicenter   Speak
n. the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake
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epidemic   Speak
n. a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease
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evangelist   Speak
n. a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching
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excruciate   Speak
v. torment someone physically or mentally
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fluctuate   Speak
v. rise and fall irregularly in number or amount
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furlough   Speak
v. grant a leave of absence to
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grapple   Speak
v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle
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grouse   Speak
v. complain pettily; grumble
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implication   Speak
n. a conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated
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irrigation   Speak
n. supply of water to land or crops to help growth, typically by means of channels
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kick   Speak
v. run at a faster speed during the last part of a race
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knack   Speak
n. an acquired or natural skill at performing a task
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know-how   Speak
n. practical knowledge or skill; expertise
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magnum   Speak
n. a thing of a type that is larger than normal, in particular
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mortuary   Speak
n. a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial
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opus   Speak
n. any artistic work, especially one on a large scale
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outpouring   Speak
n. something that streams out rapidly
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pandemic   Speak
n. a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world
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prose   Speak
n. written language in its ordinary form rather than poetry
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ramp up   Speak
v. increase or cause to increase in the amount
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resurrection   Speak
n. state of one risen from the dead
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rover   Speak
n. a vehicle for driving over rough terrain
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shortfall   Speak
n. a deficit of something required or expected
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siphon   Speak
v. draw off or convey liquid by means of a long and small tube
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spook   Speak
v. frighten; unnerve
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stark   Speak
a. severe or bare in appearance or outline
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stipend   Speak
n. a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or allowance
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stratospheric   Speak
a. relating to the layer of the earth's atmosphere extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface
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terrace   Speak
v. make sloping land into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps
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unabashed   Speak
a. not embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
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GRE Vocabulary 2018-2019
adversity  Speak
difficulties or misfortune
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after hours  Speak
after normal working or opening hours, typically those of bars and nightclubs
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barista  Speak
a person whose job involves preparing and serving different types of coffee
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bawdy  Speak
dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent
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bead  Speak
a small piece of glass or stone, typically rounded for threading
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bite the dust  Speak
fall so that your body hits the ground heavily, die, end in failure
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blare  Speak
make or cause to make a loud, harsh sound
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blob  Speak
a drop of a thick liquid or other viscous substance
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blossom  Speak
flourish or develop
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brag  Speak
say in a boastful manner
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breathtaking  Speak
astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away
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coniferous  Speak
any of an order (Coniferales) of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs having usually needle-shaped
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craggy  Speak
(of a landscape) abrupt, cliffy, steep
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cringe-worthy  Speak
causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness
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cronyism  Speak
appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications
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damning  Speak
strongly suggesting guilt or error
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debacle  Speak
a sudden failure
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deciduous  Speak
(of a tree or shrub) shedding its leaves annually
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deficiency  Speak
a lack or shortage
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down  Speak
a gently rolling hill
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droll  Speak
curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement
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dwindle  Speak
diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
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enlist  Speak
enroll or be enrolled in the armed services
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fraternity  Speak
a group of people sharing a common profession or interests
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full-on  Speak
not limited in any way, fully developed
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furlough  Speak
leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the armed services
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gibe  Speak
being compatible, similar or consistent
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glamorous  Speak
attractive in an exciting and special way
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grind on  Speak
continue for a long time in a wearying or tedious way
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gubernatorial  Speak
of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor
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gyrate  Speak
move or cause to move in a circle or spiral, especially quickly
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gyration  Speak
a rapid movement in a circle or spiral; a whirling motion
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hard-core  Speak
the most active or committed members of a group or movement
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haze  Speak
force a new member to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks
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helm  Speak
steer a boat or ship
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homeroom  Speak
a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher
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homosexual  Speak
a person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex
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hone  Speak
refine or perfect something over a period of time
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illusion  Speak
a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted
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imminent  Speak
about to happen, urgent
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in full swing  Speak
in full operation, at the highest level of activity
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infiltrate  Speak
access to somewhere surreptitiously and gradually, especially to acquire secret information
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insecure  Speak
not confident or assured; uncertain and anxious
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intercession  Speak
the action of intervening on behalf of another
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irrefutably  Speak
in a way that is impossible to prove wrong
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jog  Speak
rouse to alertness
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kneecap  Speak
shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment
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lance corporal  Speak
military rank, below corporal, typically the lowest non-commissioned officer
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lavish  Speak
sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious
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lose shirt  Speak
lose a lot of money, lose all of one's assets
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maven  Speak
an expert or connoisseur
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melancholy  Speak
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
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misdemeanor  Speak
a minor wrongdoing
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momentum  Speak
impetus gained by a moving object; tendency or influence
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monger   Speak
someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
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muzzle   Speak
the open end of the barrel of a firearm
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obscene  Speak
offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency
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on the skids  Speak
in a bad state; failing
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ornate  Speak
made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns
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painstaking  Speak
extremely careful and correct, and involving a lot of effort
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palpable  Speak
able to be touched or felt
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parole  Speak
release of a prisoner temporarily
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penitentiary  Speak
a prison for people convicted of serious crimes
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phantom  Speak
unreal image, ghost
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plead guilty to  Speak
state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law
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pledge  Speak
a person who has promised to join a fraternity or sorority
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plush  Speak
richly luxurious and expensive
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post-mortem  Speak
a medical examination of a dead person's body in order to find out the cause of death
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potassium  Speak
chemical element of atomic number 19, a soft silvery-white reactive metal of the alkali metal group
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preeminent  Speak
surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
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proposition  Speak
a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion
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rambunctious  Speak
uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous, wild
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repeal  Speak
revoke or annul
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roughly  Speak
in a manner lacking refinement and precision
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sass  Speak
be cheeky or rude to someone
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sequester  Speak
isolate or hide away (someone or something)
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sizzling  Speak
very hot, unbearably hot
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skeptical  Speak
not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations
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slug  Speak
be cheeky or rude to someone
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sneer  Speak
a contemptuous or scornful remark
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stain  Speak
a colored patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove
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strife  Speak
angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues, conflict
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swoop  Speak
seize with a sweeping motion
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taint  Speak
contaminate or pollute something
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take a drag  Speak
inhale smoke from something, especially a cigarette
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temple  Speak
the flat area on either side of the forehead
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tide waiter  Speak
a customs inspector at a seaport
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trespass  Speak
commit an offense against person or rule
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trove  Speak
a store of valuable or delightful things
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vantage  Speak
a place or position affording a good view of something
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vibe  Speak
atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others
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vicious  Speak
deliberately cruel or violent
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woe  Speak
great sorrow or distress
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woman about town  Speak
a socially active, sophisticated woman who frequents fashionable nightclubs, theaters, or restaurants
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