ASVAB Word Knowledge Study Guide Part 3

Word List: Easy

The third part of our ASVAB Word Knowledge Study Guide features a word list with ‘easy’ vocabulary words. There’s no way to know exactly which words will appear on the ASVAB, but the words on this list are representative of the types of words you will see on the ASVAB. We have ranked these 50 words as ‘easy,’ but don’t feel bad if you don’t know them all. Just read through the definitions and then practice these words with our review quiz at the bottom of the page. Try not to use the table when answering the review questions to truly test your recall of the information.

Word Definition
Abandon To leave, or give up the control of, something
Abundant In great quantity; well supplied in something, usually resources
Adversary A person or group that opposes; a foe or enemy
Ample Plentiful; of sufficient amount
Apex The peak, tip, or climax of something
Assimilate To conform to the customs and attitudes of a group or nation
Blemish A deflect or flaw
Brevity Shortness of time; briefness
Candid Honest
Cease To stop
Colleague An associate
Conclude To bring to an end
Confident Full assurance; sureness in oneself
Credible Believable, trustworthy
Depot A place where supplies and materials are stored for distribution
Dilemma A difficult problem or situation
Disdain A feeling of scorn and contempt towards something
Dissent To disagree with or differ from the majority, often a political party, government, or church
Dupe To deceive or fool someone; a person who is easily fooled
Effective Adequate to accomplish a purpose; functioning
Erect In an upright position; to build or construct
Frugal Not wasteful; spending very little
Impair To damage or cause to become worse
Incite To encourage or prompt to action
Induce Bring about, produce, or cause; to persuade or influence someone
Inform To give knowledge about a fact or circumstance
Jeer To shout at or taunt someone
Jeopardy Hazard or risk of harm; danger
Juvenile Young; a young person
Keen Sharp; extremely responsive; intense in feeling
Origin The source of something; the first stage of existence of something
Plight An unfavorable condition or situation
Potential Possible; capable of being or becoming
Prejudice An unreasonable and damaging opinion formed of a group
Punctual Prompt; on time
Recur To occur again; to return to the mind
Refrain To abstain from doing or saying something
Relish Liking or enjoying something
Resolve Determination or firmness of purpose; to determine something
Rogue A mischievous or dishonest person
Rout A decisive defeat; a disorderly crowd
Shun To avoid or keep away from
Sinister Bad, evil, or wicked
Stigma A mark of disgrace on one’s reputation; a mental or physical mark that signals defect
Strategy A plan, method, or series of maneuvers used to obtain a specific result
Sturdy strongly built or composed
Taunt To mock in an insulting manner
Timid Lacking in courage or self-assurance
Vacate To give up possession of something or leave a space or position
Vigor Healthy energy or power; active strength

Now that you’ve reviewed the word list above, try testing yourself with the review quiz below. This quiz features 20 words from the easy word list. Do your best not to look at the word chart and give an honest effort at remembering the words and definitions!

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Question 1

Origin most nearly means

A
source
B
generator
C
end
D
organic
Question 1 Explanation: 
An "origin" is the source of something or the first stage of existence of something. "Source" is the closest word to "origin".
Question 2

Taunt most nearly means

A
pull
B
anger
C
mock
D
annoy
Question 2 Explanation: 
To taunt someone is to mock them in an insulting way.
Question 3

Refrain most nearly means

A
redo
B
allow
C
repeat
D
abstain
Question 3 Explanation: 
"Refrain" means abstaining from doing something.
Question 4

Ample most nearly means

A
meager
B
bountiful
C
some
D
beautiful
Question 4 Explanation: 
An ample amount of something is sufficient or more than necessary. Thus, "bountiful" is the closest synonym to "ample".
Question 5

Effective most nearly means

A
competent
B
consequential
C
confusing
D
correlative
Question 5 Explanation: 
Something that is effective is adequate at accomplishing a task. The word that most nearly means this is "competent".
Question 6

Punctual most nearly means

A
broken
B
early
C
reliable
D
prompt
Question 6 Explanation: 
"Punctual" means "prompt" or on time.
Question 7

Disdain most nearly means

A
indifference
B
humility
C
contempt
D
dirty
Question 7 Explanation: 
"Disdain" is a feeling of contempt.
Question 8

Adversary most nearly means

A
antagonist
B
source
C
bad person
D
assistant
Question 8 Explanation: 
An "adversary" is a foe or antagonist.
Question 9

Timid most nearly means

A
quiet
B
bashful
C
confused
D
capable
Question 9 Explanation: 
Someone who is "timid" is shy or bashful.
Question 10

Incite most nearly means

A
infuriate
B
impede
C
provoke
D
create
Question 10 Explanation: 
To incite something is to provoke or encourage it to action.
Question 11

Credible most nearly means

A
correct
B
traceable
C
fair
D
believable
Question 11 Explanation: 
Something is credible if it is believable or plausible.
Question 12

Apex most nearly means

A
base
B
culmination
C
mark
D
record
Question 12 Explanation: 
"Apex" is used to describe the climax or culmination of some achievement or deed.
Question 13

Jeopardy most nearly means

A
peril
B
plan
C
wager
D
adventure
Question 13 Explanation: 
"Jeopardy" is a moment or risk of danger. "Peril" is the word with the most similar meaning.
Question 14

Vigor most nearly means

A
lethargy
B
veracity
C
accuracy
D
energy
Question 14 Explanation: 
"Vigor" is a healthy energy or strength.
Question 15

Stigma most nearly means

A
confusion
B
shame
C
honor
D
lack
Question 15 Explanation: 
"Stigma" is a mark of shame on one's reputation.
Question 16

Keen most nearly means

A
undaunted
B
moderate
C
smart
D
acute
Question 16 Explanation: 
Something keen is sharp, acute, or intense.
Question 17

Erect most nearly means

A
begin
B
shape
C
construct
D
destruct
Question 17 Explanation: 
To erect something is to build or construct it.
Question 18

Dilemma most nearly means

A
predicament
B
confusion
C
direction
D
annoyance
Question 18 Explanation: 
A dilemma is a difficult problem or predicament.
Question 19

Induce most nearly means

A
draw
B
cause
C
inquire
D
inspirit
Question 19 Explanation: 
To induce something is to cause it to happen.
Question 20

Sturdy most nearly means

A
strength
B
heavy
C
feeble
D
robust
Question 20 Explanation: 
Something is sturdy if it is strongly built. The word that closest means "strongly built" is "robust".
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