Match the Columns – English Words – 20 Exercises with Answers

Match the columns referring to the process of comparing and relating items in two separate columns. This could involve finding pairs of items that have a specific relationship or connection, or it could involve organising items in a particular way.

Match the column in competitve exams are pretty common. The best practice is to go through both the columns before jumping into the exercises. Connect with context if you don’t know by meaning, eliminate the ones that cannot be matched, look at them at the end.

Chances are all that make sense have been matched up leaving you the ones that you could not match and that’s a small pot to choose from now.

Match each word in the first column with its definition in the second column.

Set #1
1. ABASE A. applause
2. ABSTAIN B. caustic
3. ACOLYTE C. shorten
4. ABEYANCE D. applause
5. ABRIDGE E. assistant
6. ACCOLADE F. postponement
7. ACRIMONIOUS G. refrain
8. ADDUCE H H. exercise
9. ADULATION I. degrade
10. AEROBICS J. offer as example

Correct Answer:

  1. I
  2. G
  3. E
  4. F
  5. C
  6. D
  7. B
  8. J
  9. A
  10. H
Set #2
1. ANATHEMA A. hard
2. ANNIHILATE B. curse
3. ANOMALOUS C. gully
4. APATHETIC D. suffocate
5. ARCHAI E. antiquated
6. ARDUOUS F. destroy
7. ARROYO G. abnormal
8. ASPHYXIATE H. unconcerned
9. ASTRINGENT I. make amends
10. ATONE J. causing contraction

Correct Answer:

  1. B
  2. F
  3. G
  4. H
  5. E
  6. A
  7. C
  8. D
  9. J
  10. I
Set #3
1. BESMIRCH A. unheeded prophet
2. BICAMERAL B. peevish
3. BILATERAL C. pertaining to dogs
4. BOOTLESS D. plot
5. BRANDISH E. farce
6. BURLESQUE F. display menacingly
7. CABAL G. unavailing
8. CANINE H. two-sided
9. CANTANKEROUS I. having two legislative branches
10. CASSANDRA J. sully

Correct Answer:

  1. J
  2. I
  3. H
  4. G
  5. F
  6. E
  7. D
  8. C
  9. B
  10. A
Set #4
1. COMMANDEER A. seize for military use
2. COMMUNION B. apologetic
3. COMPATRIOT C. perfect
4. CONCERTED D. accord
5. CONCORD E. done together
6. CONFLUENCE F. pile
7. CONGERIES G. flowing together
8. CONSONANT H. harmonious
9. CONSUMMATE I. countryman
10. CONTRITE J. fellowship

Correct Answer:

  1. A
  2. J
  3. I
  4. E
  5. D
  6. G
  7. F
  8. H
  9. C
  10. B
Set #5
1. DEBUNK A. decode
2. DECIPHER B. refute
3. DEDUCE C. conclusive
4. DEFINITIVE D. conclude
5. DEFUNCT E. to draw a line around
6. DELINEATE F. extinct
7. DENOMINATION G. belittle
8. DEPRECATE H. sect
9. DESOLATE I. pertaining to debate
10. DIALECTIC J. forsaken

Correct Answer:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. D
  4. C
  5. F
  6. E
  7. H
  8. G
  9. J
  10. I
Set #6
1. DORMANT A. exuberant
2. DOUGHTY B. puzzling
3. DUET C. comprehensive
4. EBULLIENT D. asleep
5. EFFEMINATE E. omission of words
6. ELLIPSIS F. unmanly
7. EMANCIPATE G. charm
8. ENCHANT H. liberate
9. ENCYCLOPEDIC I. twosome
10. ENIGMATIC J. resolute

Correct Answer:

  1. D
  2. J
  3. I
  4. A
  5. F
  6. E
  7. H
  8. G
  9. C
  10. B
Set #7
1. EXHORT A. free from blame
2. EXONERATE B. strongly urge
3. EXPOSTULATE C. agitator
4. EXTRADITE D. untamed
5. EXULT E. debacle
6. FACTITIOUS F. inane
7. FATUOUS G. artificial
8. FERAL H. deport
9. FIASCO I. rejoice
10. FIREBRAND J. protest

Correct Answer:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. J
  4. H
  5. I
  6. G
  7. F
  8. D
  9. E
  10. C
Set #8
1. GRANDIOSE A. drink
2. GRIEVOUS B. pertaining to marriage
3. HALCYON C. arrogance
4. HARLEQUIN D. prejudiced
5. HEDONISM E. teaching device or method
6. HEURISTIC F. the pursuit of pleasure in life
7. HIDEBOUND G. clown
8. HUBRIS H. serene
9. HYMENEAL I. heinous
10. IMBIBE J. impressive

Correct Answer:

  1. J
  2. I
  3. H
  4. G
  5. F
  6. E
  7. D
  8. C
  9. B
  10. A
Set #9
1. INCONGRUOUS A. harden
2. INCONSPICUOUS B. relentless
3. INDECOROUS C. hostile
4. INDIGNANT D. cannot be fully understood
5. INDURATE E. out of place, absurd
6. INEXORABLE F. not noticeable
7. INIMICAL G. unseemly
8. INSCRUTABLE H. resentment of injustice
9. INSOUCIANT I. nonchalant
10. INSUPERABLE J. insurmountable

Correct Answer:

  1. E
  2. F
  3. G
  4. H
  5. A
  6. B
  7. C
  8. D
  9. I
  10. J
Set #10
1. LACHRYMOSE A. trickery
2. LAGGARD B. roué
3. LASCIVIOUS C. very small
4. LEGERDEMAIN D. tearful
5. LIBERTINE E. loafer
6. LILLIPUTIAN F. lustful
7. LOQUACIOUS G. talkative
8. MACHIAVELLIAN H. comical misuse of a word
9. MAGISTERIAL I. arbitrary, dictatorial
10. MALAPROPISM J. politically crafty, cunning

Correct Answer:

  1. D
  2. E
  3. F
  4. A
  5. B
  6. C
  7. G
  8. J
  9. I
  10. H
Set #11
1. MISCELLANY A. peerless
2. MISSIVE B. to gather one’s forces
3. MOOT C. newly coined expression
4. MOUNTEBANK D. self-love
5. MULTIFARIOUS E. loyal followers
6. MUSTER F. letter
7. MYRMIDONS G. diverse
8. NARCISSISM H. charlatan
9. NEOLOGISM I. disputable
10. NONPAREIL J. mixture of items

Correct Answer:

  1. J
  2. F
  3. I
  4. H
  5. G
  6. B
  7. E
  8. D
  9. C
  10. A
Set #12
1. ORDNANCE A. a model
2. ORTHODOX B. local speech
3. OUTMODED C. convulsion
4. PALAVER D. stingy
5. PANEGYRIC E. agent causing disease
6. PARADIGM F. artillery
7. PARLANCE G. conventional
8. PAROXYSM H. out-of-date
9. PARSIMONIOUS I. babble
10. PATHOGEN J. praise

Correct Answer:

  1. F
  2. G
  3. H
  4. I
  5. J
  6. A
  7. B
  8. C
  9. D
  10. E
Set #13
1. PHOENIX A. cliff
2. PILLORY B. inclination
3. PITTANCE C. warning
4. PLAUDIT D. acclaim
5. PLETHORA E. overabundance
6. POGROM F. after death
7. POSTHUMOUS G. massacre
8. PRECIPICE H. rebirth
9. PREDILECTION I. punish by ridicule
10. PREMONITION J. trifle

Correct Answer:

  1. H
  2. I
  3. J
  4. D
  5. E
  6. G
  7. F
  8. A
  9. B
  10. C
Set #14
1. PROTEAN A. bulge
2. PROTUBERANCE B. changing readily
3. PROVISIONAL C. steal
4. PUNDIT D. majority
5. PURLOIN E. temporary
6. PURPORT F. a cessation of activity
7. QUAVER G. line
8. QUEUE H. tremble
9. QUIETUS I. claim to be
10. QUORUM J. politically astute person

Correct Answer:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. E
  4. J
  5. C
  6. I
  7. H
  8. G
  9. F
  10. D
Set #15
1. REGIME A. vulgar
2. REJOINDER B. quick reply
3. REMUNERATION C. uneasy
4. RENDEZVOUS D. necessary
5. RENT E. miscreant
6. REPROBATE F. rupture
7. REQUISITE G. a meeting
8. RESTIVE H. compensation
9. RETRIBUTION I. retort
10. RIBALD J. a government

Correct Answer:

  1. J
  2. I
  3. H
  4. G
  5. F
  6. E
  7. D
  8. C
  9. B
  10. A
Set #16
1. SCRUPLES A. figure of speech
2. SCYTHE B. proper, attractive
3. SEEMLY C. long, curved blade
4. SENTENTIOUS D. left-handed
5. SERENDIPITY E. pertaining to the stars
6. SHIBBOLETH F. signer
7. SIDEREAL G. making fortunate discoveries
8. SIGNATORY H. password
9. SIMILE I. misgivings
10. SINISTRAL J. concise

Correct Answer:

  1. I
  2. C
  3. B
  4. J
  5. G
  6. H
  7. E
  8. F
  9. A
  10. D
Set #17
1. STAVE A. distress
2. STEVEDORE B. diligent
3. STRAIT C. ward off
4. STUDIOUS D. longshoreman
5. SUBJUGATE E. various
6. SUBTERFUGE F. overabundant
7. SUNDRY G. suppress
8. SUPERFLUOUS H. cunning
9. SUPINE I. dreamlike
10. SURREAL J. lying on the back

Correct Answer:

  1. C
  2. D
  3. A
  4. B
  5. G
  6. H
  7. E
  8. F
  9. J
  10. I
Set #18
1. SWATCH A. to foil
2. SYNOD B. anguish
3. TACIT C. concise
4. TALON D. provisional
5. TAURINE E. agitated
6. TEMPESTUOUS F. bull-like
7. TENTATIVE G. claw
8. TERSE H. understood without being spoken
9. THROES I. council
10. THWART J. strip of fabric

Correct Answer:

  1. J
  2. I
  3. H
  4. G
  5. F
  6. E
  7. D
  8. C
  9. B
  10. A
Set #19
1. TIDINGS A. incisive
2. TITER B. omnipresent
3. TITULAR C. lethargic
4. TORPID D. figurehead
5. TRADUCE E. unrestrained
6. TRENCHANT F. news
7. UBIQUITOUS G. laugh nervously
8. ULULATE H. ceaseless
9. UNABATED I. wail
10. UNBRIDLED J. slander

Correct Answer:

  1. F
  2. G
  3. D
  4. C
  5. J
  6. A
  7. B
  8. I
  9. H
  10. E
Set #20
1. UNCOUTH A. disheveled
2. UNDULY B. ca p able of surviving
3. UNFLAGGING C. awkward
4. UNKEMPT D. uncultured
5. UNSTINTING E. truthfulness
6. UNTENABLE F. whim
7. UNWIELDY G. unrelenting
8. VA GARY H. cannot be achieved
9. VERA CITY I. generous
10. VIABLE J. excessive

Correct Answer:

  1. D
  2. J
  3. G
  4. A
  5. I
  6. H
  7. C
  8. F
  9. E
  10. B

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