IELTS Vocabulary: 85 Words to Remember

Jun 25, 2018

To crack the IELTS examination in the UAE, you need to have a strong vocabulary. The following list of words can help.

Note: If you are a serious IELTS aspirant, commit to yourself to learn at least one word a day.

1. Conduct

direct the course of; manage or control

2. Engage

consume all of one's attention or time

3. Obtain

come into possession of

4. Scarce

deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

5. Policy

a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group

6. Straight

successive, without a break

7. Stock

capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares

8. Apparent

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

9. Property

a basic or essential attribute shared by members of a class

10. Fancy

imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

11. Concept

an abstract or general idea inferred from specific instances

12. Court

an assembly to conduct judicial business

13. Appoint

assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to

14. Passage

a section of text, particularly a section of medium length

15. Vain

unproductive of success

16. Instance

an occurrence of something

17. Alloy

a combination; a mixture of two or more metals

18. Allure

the power to entice by charm

19. Amalgamate

to combine into a unified whole

20. Ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning

21. Ambivalence

the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes

22. Ambrosia

something delicious; the food of the gods

23. Ameliorate

to improve

24. Amenable

agreeable; cooperative; suited

25. Amenity

something that increases comfort

26. Amulet

ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

27. Anachronism

something out of the proper time

28. Analgesic

medication that reduces or eliminates pain

29. Analogous

comparable, a similarity in some ways between things that are otherwise dissimilar (analogy)

30. Anarchy

absence of government; state of disorder, adj. lacking order or control (anarchic)

31. Anodyne

something that calms or soothes pain, adj. relaxing, or capable of soothing pain

32. Anomalous

irregular; deviating from the norm

33. Antecedent

something that comes before

34. Mores

customs; the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

35. Munificent

very generous

36. Multifarious

having many aspects

37. Nadir

the lowest point of anything

38. Negligent

characterized by undue lack of attention or concern

39. Neophyte

any new participant in some activity

40. Noisome

offensively malodorous

41. Noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

42. Obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

43. Obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

44. Obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

45. Officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

46. Onerous

not easily borne; wearing

47. Ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

48. Ostracism

the act of excluding someone from society by general consent

49. Palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

50. Panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

51. Paradigm

a standard or typical example

52. Pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

53. Partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

54. Paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

55. Nonplussed

filled with bewilderment

56. Sanctimonious

excessively or hypocritically pious

57. Sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

58. Scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

59. Semaphore

an apparatus for visual signaling

60. Serendipity

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

61. Sobriety

the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol

62. Solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

63. Solipsism

the philosophical theory that the self is all that exists

64. Spurious

plausible but false

65. Staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

66. Stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

67. Subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

68. Surfeit

indulge (one's appetite) to satiety

69. Surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

70. Swarthy

naturally having skin of a dark color

71. Tangential

of superficial relevance if any

72. Tome

a large and scholarly book

73. Toady

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

74. Torpid

in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

75. Travesty

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

76. Trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

77. Trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

78. Truculent

defiantly aggressive

79. Turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

80. Ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

81. Umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

82. Upbraid

express criticism towards

83. Utilitarian

having a useful function

84. Veracity

unwillingness to tell lies

85. Vestige

an indication that something has been present


All the best for your IELTS examination!


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