SAT Vocabulary Words 15

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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limitation

limitation (n)
A restriction.

linear

linear (adj)
Of the nature of a line.

liner

liner (n)
A vessel belonging to a steamship-line.

lingo

lingo (n)
Language.

lingua

lingua (n)
The tongue.

lingual

lingual (adj)
Pertaining to the use of the tongue in utterance.

linguist

linguist (n)
One who is acquainted with several languages.

linguistics

linguistics (n)
The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words.

liniment

liniment (n)
A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc.

liquefacient

liquefacient (adj)
Possessing a liquefying nature or power.

liquefy

liquefy (v)
To convert into a liquid or into liquid form.

liqueur

liqueur (n)
An alcoholic cordial sweetened and flavored with aromatic substances.

liquidate

liquidate (v)
To deliver the amount or value of.

liquor

liquor (n)
Any alcoholic or intoxicating liquid.

listless

listless (adj)
Inattentive.

literacy

literacy (n)
The state or condition of knowing how to read and write.

literal

literal (adj)
Following the exact words.

literature

literature (n)
The written or printed productions of the human mind collectively.

lithe

lithe (adj)
Supple.

lithesome

lithesome (adj)
Nimble.

lithograph

lithograph (n)
A print made by printing from stone.

lithotype

lithotype (n)
In engraving, an etched stone surface for printing.

litigant

litigant (n)
A party to a lawsuit.

litigate

litigate (v)
To cause to become the subject-matter of a suit at law.

litigious

litigious (adj)
Quarrelsome.

littoral

littoral (adj)
Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore.

liturgy

liturgy (n)
A ritual.

livelihood

livelihood (n)
Means of subsistence.

livid

livid (adj)
Black-and-blue, as contused flesh.

loam

loam (n)
A non-coherent mixture of sand and clay.

loath

loath (adj)
Averse.

loathe

loathe (v)
To abominate.

locative

locative (adj)
Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs.

loch

loch (n)
A lake.

locomotion

locomotion (n)
The act or power of moving from one place to another.

lode

lode (n)
A somewhat continuous unstratified metal- bearing vein.

lodgment

lodgment (n)
The act of furnishing with temporary quarters.

logic

logic (n)
The science of correct thinking.

logical

logical (adj)
Capable of or characterized by clear reasoning.

logician

logician (n)
An expert reasoner.

loiterer

loiterer (n)
One who consumes time idly.

loneliness

loneliness (n)
Solitude.

longevity

longevity (n)
Unusually prolonged life.

loot

loot (v)
To plunder.

loquacious

loquacious (adj)
Talkative.

lordling

lordling (n)
A little lord.

lough

lough (n)
A lake or loch.

louse

louse (n)
A small insect parasitic on and sucking the blood of mammals.

lovable

lovable (adj)
Amiable.

low-spirited

low-spirited (adj)
Despondent.

lowly

lowly (adv)
Rudely.

lucid

lucid (adj)
Mentally sound.

lucrative

lucrative (adj)
Highly profitable.

ludicrous

ludicrous (adj)
Laughable.

luminary

luminary (n)
One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.

luminescent

luminescent (adj)
Showing increase of light.

luminescence

luminescence (n)
Showing increase.

luminosity

luminosity (n)
The quality of giving or radiating light.

luminous

luminous (adj)
Giving or radiating light.

lunacy

lunacy (n)
Mental unsoundness.

lunar

lunar (adj)
Pertaining to the moon.

lunatic

lunatic (n)
An insane person.

lune

lune (n)
The moon.

lurid

lurid (adj)
Ghastly and sensational.

luscious

luscious (adj)
Rich, sweet, and delicious.

lustrous

lustrous (adj)
Shining.

luxuriance

luxuriance (n)
Excessive or superfluous growth or quantity.

luxuriant

luxuriant (adj)
Abundant or superabundant in growth.

luxuriate

luxuriate (v)
To live sumptuously.

lying

lying (n)
Untruthfulness.

lyre

lyre (n)
One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class.

lyric

lyric (adj)
Fitted for expression in song.

macadamize

macadamize (v)
To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone.

machinery

machinery (n)
The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively.

machinist

machinist (n)
One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools.

macrocosm

macrocosm (n)
The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related.

madden

madden (v)
To inflame with passion.

Madonna

Madonna (n)
A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus.

magician

magician (n)
A sorcerer.

magisterial

magisterial (adj)
Having an air of authority.

magistracy

magistracy (n)
The office or dignity of a magistrate.

magnanimous

magnanimous (adj)
Generous in treating or judging others.

magnate

magnate (n)
A person of rank or importance.

magnet

magnet (n)
A body possessing that peculiar form of polarity found in nature in the lodestone.

magnetize

magnetize (v)
To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily.

magnificence

magnificence (n)
The exhibition of greatness of action, character, intellect, wealth, or power.

magnificent

magnificent (adj)
Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action.

magnitude

magnitude (n)
Importance.

maharaja

maharaja (n)
A great Hindu prince.

maidenhood

maidenhood (n)
Virginity.

maintain

maintain (v)
To hold or preserve in any particular state or condition.

maintenance

maintenance (n)
That which supports or sustains.

maize

maize (n)
Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn.

makeup

makeup (n)
The arrangements or combination of the parts of which anything is composed.

malady

malady (n)
Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one.

malaria

malaria (n)
A fever characterized by alternating chills, fever, and sweating.

malcontent

malcontent (n)
One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.

malediction

malediction (n)
The calling down of a curse or curses.

malefactor

malefactor (n)
One who injures another.

maleficent

maleficent (adj)
Mischievous.

malevolence

malevolence (n)
Ill will.

malevolent

malevolent (adj)
Wishing evil to others.

malign

malign (v)
To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely.

malignant

malignant (adj)
Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief.

malleable

malleable (adj)
Pliant.

mallet

mallet (n)
A wooden hammer.

maltreat

maltreat (v)
To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively.

man-trap

man-trap (n)
A place or structure dangerous to human life.

mandate

mandate (n)
A command.

mandatory

mandatory (adj)
Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory.

mane

mane (n)
The long hair growing upon and about the neck of certain animals, as the horse and the lion.

man-eater

man-eater (n)
An animal that devours human beings.

maneuver

maneuver (v)
To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy.

mania

mania (n)
Insanity.

maniac

maniac (n)
a person raving with madness.

manifesto

manifesto (n)
A public declaration, making announcement, explanation or defense of intentions, or motives.

manlike

manlike (adj)
Like a man.

manliness

manliness (n)
The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc.

mannerism

mannerism (n)
Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or conduct.

manor

manor (n)
The landed estate of a lord or nobleman.

mantel

mantel (n)
The facing, sometimes richly ornamented, about a fireplace, including the usual shelf above it.

mantle

mantle (n)
A cloak.

manufacturer

manufacturer (n)
A person engaged in manufacturing as a business.

manumission

manumission (n)
Emancipation.

manumit

manumit (v)
To set free from bondage.

marine

marine (adj)
Of or pertaining to the sea or matters connected with the sea.

maritime

maritime (adj)
Situated on or near the sea.

maroon

maroon (v)
To put ashore and abandon (a person) on a desolate coast or island.

martial

martial (adj)
Pertaining to war or military operations.

Martian

Martian (adj)
Pertaining to Mars, either the Roman god of war or the planet.

martyrdom

martyrdom (n)
Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle.

marvel

marvel (v)
To be astonished and perplexed because of (something).

masonry

masonry (n)
The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc., with regularly arranged stones.

masquerade

masquerade (n)
A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised.

massacre

massacre (n)
The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.

massive

massive (adj)
Of considerable bulk and weight.

masterpiece

masterpiece (n)
A superior production.

mastery

mastery (n)
The attainment of superior skill.

material

material (n)
That of which anything is composed or may be constructed.

materialize

materialize (v)
To take perceptible or substantial form.

maternal

maternal (adj)
Pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood.

matinee

matinee (n)
An entertainment (especially theatrical) held in the daytime.

matricide

matricide (n)
The killing, especially the murdering, of one's mother.

matrimony

matrimony (n)
The union of a man and a woman in marriage.

matrix

matrix (n)
That which contains and gives shape or form to anything.

matter of fact

matter of fact (n)
Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality.

maudlin

maudlin (adj)
Foolishly and tearfully affectionate.

mausoleum

mausoleum (n)
A tomb of more than ordinary size or architectural pretensions.

mawkish

mawkish (adj)
Sickening or insipid.

maxim

maxim (n)
A principle accepted as true and acted on as a rule or guide.

maze

maze (n)
A labyrinth.

mead

mead (n)
A meadow.

meager

meager (adj)
scanty.

mealy-mouthed

mealy-mouthed (adj)
Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly.

meander

meander (v)
To wind and turn while proceeding in a course.

mechanics

mechanics (n)
The branch of physics that treats the phenomena caused by the action of forces.

medallion

medallion (n)
A large medal.

meddlesome

meddlesome (adj)
Interfering.

medial

medial (adj)
Of or pertaining to the middle.

mediate

mediate (v)
To effect by negotiating as an agent between parties.

medicine

medicine (n)
A substance possessing or reputed to possess curative or remedial properties.

medieval

medieval (adj)
Belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages.

mediocre

mediocre (adj)
Ordinary.

meditation

meditation (n)
The turning or revolving of a subject in the mind.

medley

medley (n)
A composition of different songs or parts of songs arranged to run as a continuous whole.

meliorate

meliorate (v)
To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition.

mellifluous

mellifluous (adj)
Sweetly or smoothly flowing.

melodious

melodious (adj)
Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds.

melodrama

melodrama (n)
A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents.

memento

memento (n)
A souvenir.

memorable

memorable (adj)
Noteworthy.

menace

menace (n)
A threat.

menagerie

menagerie (n)
A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition.

mendacious

mendacious (adj)
Untrue.

mendicant

mendicant (n)
A beggar.

mentality

mentality (n)
Intellectuality.

mentor

mentor (n)
A wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend.

mercantile

mercantile (adj)
Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial.

mercenary

mercenary (adj)
Greedy

merciful

merciful (adj)
Disposed to pity and forgive.

merciless

merciless (adj)
Cruel.

meretricious

meretricious (adj)
Alluring by false or gaudy show.

mesmerize

mesmerize (v)
To hypnotize.

messieurs

messieurs (n)
pl. Gentlemen.

metal

metal (n)
An element that forms a base by combining with oxygen, is usually hard, heavy, and lustrous.

metallurgy

metallurgy (n)
The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting.

metamorphosis

metamorphosis (n)
A passing from one form or shape into another.

metaphor

metaphor (n)
A figure of speech in which one object is likened to another, by speaking as if the other.

metaphysical

metaphysical (adj)
Philosophical.

metaphysician

metaphysician (n)
One skilled in metaphysics.

metaphysics

metaphysics (n)
The principles of philosophy as applied to explain the methods of any particular science.

mete

mete (v)
To apportion.

metempsychosis

metempsychosis (n)
Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast.

meticulous

meticulous (adj)
Over-cautious.

metonymy

metonymy (n)
A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes.