Closest Meaning 3

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Closest Meaning 3

Closest meaning words are words which are most alike.

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.

Make sure you play our first two 11-plus verbal reasoning quizzes on closest meaning before attempting this one. Good luck!

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.

    eat, chew, devour, gobble, munch
    devour, gobble is the correct answer because devour and gobble are both words that mean to eat with speed, whereas the others do not
  2. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    struggle, succeed, difficulty, ease, hard
    struggle, difficulty is the correct answer because struggle and difficulty are both nouns that refer to something which is hard to do
  3. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    drab, bright, dark, dull, dim
    drab, dull is the correct answer because drab and dull are both words that mean lacking in brightness or vitality, whereas the others often refer to colour or an absence of light
  4. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    nice, attractive, stunning, appealing, gorgeous
    stunning, gorgeous is the correct answer because stunning and gorgeous are both words that mean extremely beautiful. Something can be attractive, nice, or appealing but to be stunning or gorgeous something has to be spectacular
  5. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    write, scribble, colour, paint, doodle
    scribble, doodle is the correct answer because scribble and doodle are both words which refer to something aimless, whereas the others are more purposeful
  6. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    clean, dirty, spotless, tidy, hygienic
    spotless, hygienic is the correct answer because spotless and hygienic are both words that mean extremely clean while clean and tidy are general terms
  7. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    genius, clever, intelligent, academic, knowledgeable
    clever, intelligent is the correct answer because you can be knowledgeable or academic without being intelligent
  8. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    think, ponder, wonder, decide, imagine
    ponder, wonder is the correct answer because ponder and wonder are both words that mean to think about something for a while and the others are not
  9. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    surprised, astonished, fear, shock, frighten
    surprised, astonished is the correct answer because surprised and astonished are the only two words out of the five which are adjectives
  10. Find TWO words from the following group of five words that are the CLOSEST in meaning.

    jog, sprint, amble, stroll, march
    amble, stroll is the correct answer because amble and stroll are both words that mean to walk in a leisurely way and the others are not. March is a very formal way of walking while sprint means to run really fast

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