Quiz: Do You Actually Know the True Meaning of These Everyday Words?

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You might think you know these words, but do you really?

Prove that you're as good at English as you think you are with this fun quiz! Just choose the correct definition of the word to pass.

 Jun 25, 2018
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Frugal
Spends a lot
Sparing or economical when it comes to money
A counterfeit
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Gaudy
Foreign and historical
Showy and extravagant
Small and quaint
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Eloquent
Fluent or articulate in language
Lacking a strong vocabulary
The opposite of elegant
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Ironic
An occurrence that is the opposite of what you’d expect
Something funny that happened to you
An occurrence that people love to talk about
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Effect
To pressure something to happen
To cause or to induce something to happen
A change that is a result or consequence of an action
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Compelled
To be forced, obligated or pressured into doing something
To avoid doing something that others deem necessary
To be confused
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Ensure
Happen or occur afterward or as a result.
Make certain that something will occur or be the case
To secure or protect someone against a possible contingency.
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Adequate
Satisfactory or acceptable
A musical instrument
A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church
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Frequent
Feeling overly tired
Feeling sick to one’s stomach
Reoccurring or doing something on many occasions
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Bare
A large mammal
Without any money
Not covered or decorated
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Cell
A square
To exchange a product or service for money
A small area or room
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Redundant
Unintelligent
Expansive
Unnecessary, excessive, expendable
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Dew
Indicates the deadline (final day) that something can happen
Small drops of water that accumulate
Indicates an action
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Ferry
A mythical creature that can often do magic
A boat that moves passengers and vehicles across water
A large aircraft
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Literally
To indicate that something was taken seriously, though it didn't happen
To indicate something did not happen in reality but occurred figuratively
To indicate that something actually happened
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Insolent
Rude and disrespectful
Not guilty of a crime
Polite
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Entitled
Being incorrect but believing oneself to be right.
Having, or believing that you have, the right to something
The title of a book or film
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Infamous
To be very famous
Famous for a negative reason or quality
A famous person in disguise as a civilian
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Chronic
Dire and severe
Persistent, occurring over a long time, and difficult to cure or eradicate
Complicated
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Compliment
To add to or enhance
To finish
To say something nice
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Discreet
Careful, cautious, showing good judgment
To vilify someone
Individual, separate, or distinct
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Mute
Someone who is not intelligent
Unspoken or unable to speak
Something that is of no practical importance
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Peak
The highest point
The lowest point
A quick glance
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Proceed
To begin or continue
To come before
To set out rules
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Evoke
To call to mind
To avoid
To imitate
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Have you ever wondered if you’re any good at giving definitions for words you use every day? While many everyday words are simple, the truth is many adults don’t know their true meaning, even if they use them often. Take our quiz to see how well you actually know the meaning of these common words! Take a word like “ironic”. Does it mean “something funny that happened to you “, “an occurrence that people love to talk about” or “an occurrence that is the opposite of what you’d expect”? What about the word “peruse”? Do you think it means “to read something attentively”, “to skim over something briefly” or “to be introduced to a subject”? For the word “effect”, would you choose “the outcome of a cause”, “to cause or to induce something to happen” or “to pressure something to happen” for the definition, and for the word “compelled”, would you choose “to voluntarily do something, usually out of a moral or internal impulse”, “to be forced, obligated or pressured into doing something” or “to avoid doing something that others deem necessary”? Would you say that the word “disinterested” means “impartial, not influenced by the outcome of something”, “uninterested, as in “bored” by the outcome or something” or “confused about the outcome of something”? There’s only one way to find out how well you know your everyday English words! Take the quiz now and see how many words you can correctly give the meaning to! For more fun and challenging vocab quizzes, visit women.com!