Opposite Meaning 1

When you are employed, you are hired.

Opposite Meaning 1

Opposite Meaning requires you to find the difference between words.

In this series of 11-plus verbal reasoning quizzes, you have to find TWO words, one from each group, that are the most OPPOSITE in meaning. Choose the correct answer from the four choices available.

We all know words that mean different things, and words that are almost or 'kind of' opposite, but we are looking for the MOST opposite word each time. An example has been done for you. Please give it a thorough read before rushing into the quiz - it's always important to read any instructions and examples before tests and exams. If you get into the habit when revising, then it will become second nature to you.

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Example: Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

(good luck today) is MOST opposite to (wish charm bad)

good wish

luck charm

today wish

good bad

Answer: The correct answer is good bad because good and bad are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer.
  1. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (awful unhappy bad) is MOST opposite to (sad miserable wonderful)
    This is because awful and wonderful are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Yes, bad and wonderful have opposite ideas, but they are not the MOST opposite words in the question
  2. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (friendly comfortable outgoing) is MOST opposite to (popular shy quiet)
    This is because outgoing and shy are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Outgoing is not the same as being friendly, as you can be friendly and still be shy. You cannot be outgoing and shy
  3. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (lie believe dishonesty) is MOST opposite to (convince argue honesty)
    This is because dishonesty and honesty are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Lots of words use the prefix 'dis' to mean the opposite. Can you think of others where 'dis' makes a word mean its opposite? Some ideas of ours are hidden in an answer below
  4. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (noticeable perhaps evident) is MOST opposite to (visible present unclear)
    This is because evident and unclear are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Evident comes from the same root as the word 'evidence' and it means 'can be proven by evidence' or 'it is there to be seen'. Knowing this meaning, it is clear why 'unclear' is its opposite. 'Unclear' means something might be there, but cannot be shown to be there
  5. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (usual constant frequent) is MOST opposite to (sometimes often irregular)
    This is because constant and irregular are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Constant means unchanging and without variety, while irregular means recurring but not in an unchanging way
  6. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (nice ornate pretty) is MOST opposite to (plain lavish complex)
    This is because ornate and plain are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. If something is ornate it is designed with complex patterns. However, 'complex' would not have worked as a correct answer because it is just an adjective that means complicated. Something could be complicated but not ornate
  7. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (work employ share) is MOST opposite to (team lose dismiss)
    This is because employ and dismiss are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. The place where we usually see 'employ' and 'dismiss' is in the workplace. When you are employed you are hired, but when you are dismissed you are fired
  8. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (bank deposit shares) is MOST opposite to (lodge save withdraw)
    This is because deposit and withdraw are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. Some words use the prefix 'with', like withdraw, to mean against. Examples include withhold, withstand, without
  9. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (explode anger fury) is MOST opposite to (relieve inflate implode)
    This is because explode and implode are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. These two words have the same root, 'plode'. The root of a word can be changed by adding a prefix, here 'ex' and 'im' are used to make the words opposite
  10. Choose the pair of words which are MOST opposite to each other, taking one word from each group of three. The correct answer is one of the four choices available.

    (foul sharp bitter) is MOST opposite to (lovely kind sweet)
    This is because bitter and sweet are opposites, while the other words have no direct opposite on offer. 'Foul' and 'lovely' are opposite in meaning, but they are not the MOST opposite in meaning

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