This wordlist is generally used by students preparing for GRE.
Short Definition : refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax
(verb) hold back; refuse to hand over or share
The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room
(verb) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
My employer is withholding taxes
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withhold
with+hold....if you hold back the library book and refuse to return it on time...you are withholding it.
Short Definition : stand up against; resist successfully
(verb) resist or confront with resistance
The politician defied public opinion
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
The bridge held
(verb) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withstand
With + stand...you firmly stand your ground (withstand) even though there is strong opposition.
Short Definition : lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
(adj) (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witless
witless = WITh LESS brain, means foolish
wit(clever perception)+less....a person lacking the ability to percieve things cleverly.
think of WITTU oru wittum ellatha jeevidam endhu maduppanu?????
really stupid one
by john smith
Short Definition : witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
(noun) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witticism
Witticism rhymes with critisism. Witticism is a clever remark and critisism is a critical remark, pointing of a fault.
witch will make clever joking remark about her magic
"cis" means to cut... to cut something, you must be sharp so witticisms are sharply witty.
Short Definition : sorcery; magic
(noun) exceptional creative ability
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wizardry
focus the word Wizard...similar as a software PARTITION WIZARD..which is same as partition MAGIC. Hence its a MAGIC
Wizardry is the same as sorcery... a wizard is a person who performs sorcery (magic).
Short Definition : shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady
(adj) lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
the old woman's shriveled skin
he looked shriveled and ill
a shrunken old man
a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws
he did well despite his withered arm
a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wizened
wizened - old people are experienced and WISE... and they are FEEBLE, WEAK, they SHRIVEL, WITHER
by the suspect
wizened = wise+end
wise (old) people reach their end as death & their body decays
relate it to the word WISE... think of a lady who has gained wisdom as she has aged and grown old and shriveled up.
widened <-- -->
wizened --> <--
YZend...when you have Y,Z written on your face as tatoo, you faace is WIZENED