In the following question, select the word most opposite in meaning to the given word.
Correct Answer : c ) AbbreviateExplanation :
The meaning of the word, “Protract” is “To extend the duration of something”.
Let us look at the meaning of the words one by one to see which word is most similar in meaning to the given word.
- Prolong means “to lengthen in time”.
- Procrastinate means “to delay or defer an action”.
- Abbreviate means “to shorten or reduce in length”.
- Profuse means “to be in plenty of amount”.
From the above meanings, we can see that the words, “prolong”, “procrastinate” are synonyms to the word “protract”. Word “Abbreviate” is opposite in meaning to the given word “protract”. The word “profuse” is not related to the word “protract”.
Hence, (C) is the correct answer.
This type of question on Antonyms/Synonyms is asked in various competitive exams including SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, SSC MTS, SBI PO, SBI CLERK, various IBPS exams. In order to understand how to solve this kind of question, one needs to regularly practice and keep oneself updated.