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Closest Meaning 2

Closest meaning words are words that are synonyms.

Find TWO words, from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning. Words which have SIMILAR meanings are called SYNONYMS, words like small and tiny, and big and large. However, not all words which are CLOSE in meaning are the CLOSEST.

Think about these three words: tall, big and large. Which two are CLOSEST in meaning? Big and large are closer than tall and big or tall and large. Tall means big only in terms of how high something is.

We think some of these 11-plus verbal reasoning questions are tricky, but that's why you are practising! You need to be tested hard to make you stronger. This time you will have to think a little harder, as some of the questions have many CLOSE answers, but only two which are CLOSEST. Enjoy Closest Meaning 2.

Example: big, small, rest, mean, large

big, large

big, mean

rest, large

small, large

Answer: big, large

big, large is the correct answer because big and large mean the same thing, of considerable size, and the others are unrelated.
  1. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    vehicle, automobile, bus, car, train
    automobile, car is the correct answer because automobile and car are both synonyms for car and the others are not. Automobile tends to be used more in America these days, but we can still hear people refer to the car as an 'automobile'
  2. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    bright, glaring, dazzling, light, dim
    glaring, dazzling is the correct answer because glaring and dazzling are both words that mean extremely bright and the others are not
  3. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    slim, stout, underweight, overweight, thin
    slim, thin is the correct answer because thin and slim are both words that mean small in terms of how wide something is and the others are not
  4. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    sweating, boiling, scorched, scalding, hot
    boiling, scalding is the correct answer because boiling and scalding can both be used as adjectives to describe a particular kind of heat like, 'Today was boiling hot' or 'He didn't dare to touch the kettle because it was scalding'. The other three words don't work like this. They don't express the same kind of extreme heat. Scorched can be used as an adjective, but is usually a verb
  5. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    rude, impolite, forward, cheeky, smart
    rude, impolite is the correct answer because rude and impolite are both words that mean lacking in good manners and the others, although they are close in meaning, are not the closest. Cheeky refers to a specific manner, while forward could just mean not afraid to speak up. Smart also has more than one meaning, but the two correct words in the answer can only really mean one thing
  6. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    ignore, remain, listen, refuse, hear
    listen, hear is the correct answer because listen and hear are both words that mean to pay attention to sound or noise and the others are not. Ignore is the opposite of listen, and refuse does not refer to sound at all. Remain is just a word to mean stay
  7. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    young, immature, undeveloped, youthful, fresh
    immature, undeveloped is the correct answer because immature and undeveloped are both words to mean something which has not reached maturity yet and the others are synonyms (alternative ways of saying) young. They are not related because immature and undeveloped can happen to someone (or something) at any age
  8. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    snooze, start, rest, sit, sleep
    snooze, sleep is the correct answer because snooze and sleep are synonyms for go to sleep and the others are not. Start means the opposite in fact - to wake up. I hope you are not snoozing at the moment, because you need your full concentration!
  9. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    calm, unreasonable, fair, angry, furious
    angry, furious is the correct answer because angry and furious are words that mean having a strong feeling of or showing annoyance and the others, while related to somebody's mood, don't all mean angry. You could be unreasonable without being angry, and fair and calm are the opposite to anger and hostility
  10. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    circular, ovoid, cuboid, round, curved
    circular, round is the correct answer because circular and round are both words that mean like a circle and the others are not. Ovoid means like an oval

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