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GRE Vocabulary 2021

This hot words list for GRE test takers is weekly selected from mainstream English media based on popular topics of 2021. It's an express supplement to prepare GRE test.

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Recent Added GRE Words:
precocious   a. (of a child) having developed certain abilities at an earlier age than usual Detail
motor   n. a source of power, energy, or motive force Detail
stark   a. severe or bare in appearance or outline Detail
meticulously   ad. in a way that shows great attention to detail; very thoroughly Detail
fertility   n. a woman’s ability to have babies Detail
morsel   n. a small piece or amount of food; a small piece or amount Detail
domination   n. the exercise of control or influence over someone or something Detail
abound   v. exist in large numbers or amounts Detail
mire   v. cause to become stuck in the mud Detail
tally   v. calculate the total number of Detail
abet   Speak
v. encourage or assist someone to do something wrong
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abound   Speak
v. exist in large numbers or amounts
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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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bounty   Speak
n. things given in generous amounts
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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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collaborator   Speak
n. a person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate
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dieback   Speak
n. a condition in which a tree begins to die from the tip of its leaves or roots backwards
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diocese   Speak
n. a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church
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domination   Speak
n. the exercise of control or influence over someone or something
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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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fertility   Speak
n. a woman’s ability to have babies
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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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knack   Speak
n. an acquired or natural skill at performing a task
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marginally   Speak
ad. to only a limited extent; slightly
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meticulously   Speak
ad. in a way that shows great attention to detail; very thoroughly
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mire   Speak
v. cause to become stuck in the mud
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morsel   Speak
n. a small piece or amount of food; a small piece or amount
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mortuary   Speak
n. a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial
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motor   Speak
n. a source of power, energy, or motive force
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outpouring   Speak
n. something that streams out rapidly
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precocious   Speak
a. (of a child) having developed certain abilities at an earlier age than usual
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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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scrutiny   Speak
n. critical observation or examination
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severity   Speak
n. fact or condition of being severe
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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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subpoena    Speak
n. a legal document ordering someone to appear in a law court
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tally   Speak
v. calculate the total number of
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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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wield   Speak
v. hold and use (a weapon or tool)
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GRE Vocabulary 2019-2020
accordance  Speak
following or obeying a rule, law, wish
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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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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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brag  Speak
say in a boastful manner
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clog  Speak
block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
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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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debacle  Speak
a sudden failure
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deciduous  Speak
(of a tree or shrub) shedding its leaves annually
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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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epicenter  Speak
the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake
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epidemic  Speak
a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease
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evangelist  Speak
a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching
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excruciate  Speak
torment someone physically or mentally
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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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homeroom  Speak
a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher
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illusion  Speak
a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted
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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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kick  Speak
run at a faster speed during the last part of a race
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kneecap  Speak
shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment
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know-how  Speak
practical knowledge or skill; expertise
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magnum  Speak
a thing of a type that is larger than normal, in particular
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melancholy  Speak
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
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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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opus  Speak
any artistic work, especially one on a large scale
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painstaking  Speak
extremely careful and correct, and involving a lot of effort
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pandemic  Speak
a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world
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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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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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preeminent  Speak
surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
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rambunctious  Speak
uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous, wild
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repeal  Speak
revoke or annul
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resurrection  Speak
state of one risen from the dead
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rover  Speak
a vehicle for driving over rough terrain
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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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shortfall  Speak
a deficit of something required or expected
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siphon  Speak
draw off or convey liquid by means of a long and small tube
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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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spook  Speak
frighten; unnerve
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stain  Speak
a colored patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove
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stark  Speak
severe or bare in appearance or outline
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stratospheric  Speak
relating to the layer of the earth's atmosphere extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface
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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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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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trove  Speak
a store of valuable or delightful things
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vibe  Speak
atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others
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woe  Speak
great sorrow or distress
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