VR Type 12 - antonyms (opposite meaning)

Verbal Reasoning Type 12 is a verbal reasoning question commonly found in 11+ Entrance Tests in the United Kingdom.

SubjectVerbal Reasoning


For each of the following questions, find two words, one from each group that are most opposite in meaning.


To solve the question, compare the words from group one to the words from group two. First start with the first word from group one and compare it to the first word from group two. If they are not opposites, continue with the first word of group one and the second word from group two, and so on. Watch the video below to see the method clearly explained.

Video Tutorial

Variation 1


(low pump sell) (king high bottom)

Ans : low high

Variation 2

In these questions you are asked to find the opposite (the antonym) of a given word, in capitals, from a list.

e.g. SCOLD

A. burn

B. help

C. praise

D. reduce

E. alert

The answer is (C) praise because if you praise somebody you compliment them and tell them how good something is – this is an antonym of scold. Scold means to tell off/speak harshly/rebuke.

Variation 3

For these questions you are given a word grid and asked to find the most opposites (antonym) of a given word or short definition.

e.g. Which two words are the most opposite to the meaning of the word attack?


The answer is bout and assault.

The word ’bout’ means a dose of something e.g. She has a bout of flu.

The word ‘assault’ either means ‘to attack’ or ‘an act of aggression or violence’ e.g. The man was arrested for a violent assault.

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