GRE Vocabulary

The single best way to improve your GRE verbal score is to increase your vocabulary. It is to your advantage to learn as many new words as possible before you take the test. However, learning new vocabulary words is not easy -- it takes time. Lots of it!

Improving Your Vocabulary

MyGRETutor keeps track of your progress by keeping a tally of which words you have seen and which words you have mastered. Learning vocabulary words for the GRE takes time, and myGRETutor simplifies the process by adjusting to your skill level and by giving you words of appropriate difficulty. From the thousands of words in our database, MyGRETutor selects those words whose difficulty most nearly matches your vocabulary skill level. Over time, as you improve your vocabulary, MyGRETutor will adjust to your skill level in an attempt to show you words that aren't too easy, nor too difficult.

Sample Vocabulary Word Question

The below vocabulary question is one sample of the many vocabulary words that you might see if you create a MyGRETutor account. All of the vocabulary words and exercises in MyGRETutor are accompanied with hints and explanations, which include either the etymology of the word or a sample sentence which uses that word in context. Click the Give Me A Hint button to see a sample hint for the current word, or the Narrow the Choices button and the vocabulary tutor will eliminate a few of the answer choices.


Boisterous laughter; a burst of loud laughter.
A book of religions instructions in a questions and answer format; a summary of Christian religious doctrine.
A drug that relieves pain; a product that soothes the nerves.
A phrase used to describe a person or thing; a descriptive phrase to characterize a person.
One who willingly dies for a cause; a person who willingly accepts suffering for the sake of a principle or idea.