What Word Completes the Analogy?

(What is an analogy?)

HOLD : RELEASE :: simple : complex

  1. basic
  2. complex
  3. essence

The best answer is complex. The relationship between the first pair of words, HOLD and RELEASE, is that of antonyms—words that have opposite meanings. Therefore, the second pair of words must also be antonyms. Complex is an antonym of simple.

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