Basic Word List – 17

Vocabulary forms an essential part of every competitive exam. Here is a compilation of first 1000 words that must be prepared by SSC, MBA entrance, and government exam aspirants. Spread over 25 lists of 40 words, these lists offer you a chance to learn the most common English words.
Each word in each list is accompanied with its meaning and followed by a usage example. The words are categorized on three levels: Level 1 (beginner), Level 2 (intermediate) and Level 3 (advanced). Go through the word lists and enhance your vocabulary skills.
Level-1: Let’s get warmed up  
Capacity: Room, aptitude
The hall does not have the seating capacity to accommodate so many people.
Certify: To confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine.
The facts of the case were certified to be true by the commission.
Decline: To sink or lessen
Though the inflation level was quite high last year, it has declined a bit this year.
Illusion: False conception
Until recently, she was under the illusion that anybody having the right looks and a bit of talent can make it big in Bollywood, but now she knows that the right connections matter a lot.
Noble: High born
The noble profession you are in requires you to act with great degree of selflessness, sacrifice and service-mindedness. 
Nominal: Slight
While the Springdale School charges pretty hefty admission fees, the fees demanded by the Navodaya Vidyalyas are just nominal.
Proceed: To renew motion or action, as after rest or interruption
When the light turns Green I will proceed through the intersection headed north.
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Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch   
Abstain: To keep oneself from doing something
They had abstained from the meeting inspite of the fact that they had been specially asked to be present.
Cordial: Friendly
A cordial relationship among the staff members is essential for the smooth functioning of the organization.
Deface: To mar
"Anybody found defacing the walls of the temple in any way is liable to penalty" thus read the message at the gate.
Denote: Refer to
As per the WHO norms, the absence of any disease does not denote health; rather health signifies complete physical and mental well being of an individual. 
Distill: Purify, refine, concentrate
The impure rock material is mixed with water and is then subjected to distillation to separate pure metal from the useless by-products. 
Diverge: Vary, go in different direction from the same point
The paths of the two partners diverged after their differences over certain issues became too deep.
Diversity: Variety
The diversity of languages, foods and dresses prevalent in different parts of India sometimes makes foreigners wonder if India is a single, unified country. 
Illuminate: To light up
The entire colony was illuminated with earthen diyas and colourful lights on the occasion of Deepawali.
Modulate: To regulate
A dubbing artist’s best asset is not just his voice, but his ability to modulate it to a high or low pitch, in tune with the demands of the situation.
Momentous: Very important
The nomination of Lagaan for the Oscars was once-in-a-lifetime, momentous occasion not just for Aamir Khan, but for the entire Bollywood.
Phenomenal: Extraordinary or marvelous
Our coach is a phenomenal player as well.
Precise: Exact
There is no precise method of measuring intelligence.
Sensational: Outstanding
The sensational scandal of her mysterious death has rocked the Page 3 society in particular and the city population in general.
Stagnant: Not flowing: said of water, as in a pool
The elephants gathered around a stagnant watering hole since they were too tired to look for a freshwater source.
Level-3: Time to be a master      
Cynical: Contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives
Disowned by parents for no fault of his, deserted by his girlfriend and cheated by friends; what else will he become, if not cynical, doubting everybody’s intentions.
Daunt: Intimidate, frighten
The task of breaking in to the high-security fort was, no doubt, quite daunting but the great brave hero persisted with it and came up victorious at the end.
Default: Failure to act
The notice said that all those defaulting on payment of their electricity bills by due date would be penalized at the rate of 500/- per day in excess of the due date.
Degrade: Corrupt
The degradation of our once-pure environment is one issue that has failed to attract the attention of any of our major national political parties.
Fidelity: Faithfulness, loyalty
Even a fool can tell you, fidelity towards one's country is the biggest single criterion for a person aspiring to join the army. 
Flutter: Vibrate
The beautiful tricolour, fluttering in the sky, is enough to fill every patriotic Indian’s heart with pride.
Mettle: Courage
"Do I have the mettle to shoulder this massive responsibility of running this company?" is the million-dollar question I am facing.
Minuscule: Tiny
The opposition could not muster even minuscule evidence against the Prime Minister, who, they alleged, had a hand in the commission payments to arms dealers. 
Pedigree: One's line of ancestors
Our unmatched pedigree of 140 years makes us the most authoritative, independent advocate of women's rights in the UK.
Pompous: Self-important
The earlier pomposity of his public statements like “Hum Unki Eent Se Eent Bajaa Denge” is considerably diluted now as is proved by his latest “Aapsi Sadbhavana Se Hum Kuchh Bhi ….”.
Remonstrate: To protest
He had gone to the manager to remonstrate against the cut in his salary.
Smoulder: To burn without fire
The earlier fire of revenge in his mind may have come down considerably, nevertheless, it is still smouldering and may flare up any moment.
Solace: Comfort
There is not much to cheer about in this year's budget, the only solace it offers to the middle class is that it has not proposed any increase in taxes
Suave: Polite, smooth
A Customer Care Executive's job requires the incumbent to be extremely suave while dealing with customers of different types.
Sullen: Sad
Why have you become so sullen? Cheer up, we have lost only a battle, not a war.
Tenor: General meaning
The tenor of the article suggests that it has been written by one of your opponents.
Terse: Concise
The defence counsel gave a very terse, but striking concluding remark which summed up the whole thing in just two lines.
Vernacular: The language of one's country
Most people down south have a vernacular accent and their English sounds different from the rest of the world.
Versatile: Having an aptitude for applying oneself to new and varied tasks or to various subjects
She is so versatile when it comes to performing in live concerts.
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