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4000 IELTS Academic Words List (10)

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jail
jam
jar
jealous
jealousy
jelly
jeopardize
jerk
jettison
jewel
jewelry
jog
journal
journalism
journalist
judgement
juice
juicy
jumble
junction
jungle
junior
jury
justice
justifiable
justification
justify
juvenile
kangaroo
keen
kernel
kerosene
keyboard
kidnap
kidney
kindle
kingdom
kneel
knit
knob
knot
label
laborer
lace
lag
lamb
lame
landing
landscape
lane
lap
lapse
largely
lark
laser
lasting
latent
lateral
latitude
launch
laundry
lawn
lay
layer
layout
leadership
leading
leaflet
league
leak
lean
leap
lease
lecture
legal
legend
legendary
legislation
legitimate
leisure
lengthen
leopard
lever
levy
liability
liable
liberal
liberate
liberty
license
lick
lift
light
likelihood
likewise
limb
limestone
limousine
limp
line
linear
linen
liner
linger
linguistics
link
liquid
liquor
list
literacy
literal
literally
literary
literate
literature
litter
livelihood
lively
liver
livestock
load
loaf
loan
lobby
lobster
locality
locate
location
lock
locomotive
locust
lodge
lodging
lofty
log
logic
logical
longevity
longitude
loom
loop
loose
loosen
lose
lottery
lounge
low
loyal
lubricate
lumber
luminous
lump
lunar
luxurious
luxury


jail: Read
n. Syn. prison
building for confinement of persons held in lawful custody

jam: Read
v.
crush or bruise; get stuck; press tightly together

jar: Read
n. Syn. pitcher; vase
pitcher; vase; small, cylindrical container for food, normally made of glass or clay

jealous: Read
a. Syn. zealous; solicitous; vigilant
resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious

jealousy: Read
n. Syn. envy; covetousness
envy; jealous attitude or disposition

jelly: Read
n.
substance having the consistency of semi-solid foods

jeopardize: Read
v. Syn. endanger; imperil
endanger; imperil; put at risk

jerk: Read
v.
pull, or move with a sudden movement; move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

jettison: Read
v.
throw overboard; eject from boat, submarine, aircraft, or spaceship

jewel: Read
n. Syn. gemstone; gem
gemstone; costly ornament of precious metal or gem

jewelry: Read
n.
adornment made of precious metals, as a bracelet or ring or necklace

jog: Read
v. Syn. run
run or ride at a steady slow trot; give a push or shake to

journal: Read
n. Syn. magazine; periodical
magazine; periodical; log; diary; a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred

journalism: Read
n.
profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media

journalist: Read
n.
writer for newspapers and magazines

judgement: Read
n. Syn. decision; appraisal
decision; appraisal

juice: Read
n. Syn. liquid
liquid; liquid part that can be extracted from plant or animal tissue

juicy: Read
a. Syn. succulent
full of juice; lucrative; richly interesting

jumble: Read
n. Syn. mix
assemble without order or sense; confused multitude of things; chaos; mess; mixture

junction: Read
n. Syn. connection; joint; intersection; crossing
connection; joint; intersection; crossing

jungle: Read
n. Syn. jumble
land densely overgrown with tropical vegetation; dense, confused mass

junior: Read
a.
less advanced in age than another; younger; lower in standing or in rank

jury: Read
n.
committee appointed to judge a case

justice: Read
n.
quality of being just; practical conformity to human or divine law; equity; uprightness

justifiable: Read
a.
capable of being justified, or shown to be just

justification: Read
n.
good or just reason; condition or fact of being justified

justify: Read
v. Syn. vindicate; defend
adjust the spaces between words; show to be reasonable; explain, clear away

juvenile: Read
n. Syn. youth; young
youth; adolescent; not fully grown or developed

kangaroo: Read
n.
animal that having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail

keen: Read
a. Syn. acute; incisive
acute; incisive; sharp ; express grief verbally

kernel: Read
n. Syn. nut; core
central or vital part; most material and central part; grain or seed as of corn

kerosene: Read
n.
flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters

keyboard: Read
n.
device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer

kidnap: Read
v.
take by force or fear, and against one's will; seize and detain unlawfully and usually for ransom

kidney: Read
n.
glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body

kindle: Read
v. Syn. inspire
build or fuel a fire; cause to glow; light up; inspire

kingdom: Read
n. Syn. realm; domain; empire
rank, quality, state, or attributes of a king; royal authority; sovereign power; rule; dominion; monarchy

kneel: Read
v.
bend the knee; fall or rest on the knees

knit: Read
v.
contract into wrinkles; grow together; form into fabric by intertwining

knob: Read
n.
hard protuberance; hard swelling or rising; bunch; lump

knot: Read
n.
fastening together of one or more threads, cords, ropes; lump or loop formed in thread; ornamental tie

label: Read
n.
paper affixed to anything by inscription; slip of ribbon, parchment; writing annexed by way of addition

laborer: Read
n. Syn. worker; toiler
worker; someone who works with their hands

lace: Read
n.
delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns; rope; cord that is drawn through eyelets

lag: Read
v. Syn. delay; drag
delay; drag; the act of slowing down or falling behind

lamb: Read
n.
the young of the sheep; simple, unsophisticated person

lame: Read
a.
moving with pain or difficulty because of injury; disabled so that movement is difficult or impossible

landing: Read
n. Syn. touchdown
touchdown; act of coming down to the earth

landscape: Read
n. Syn. scenery
scenery; expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view

lane: Read
n.
passageway between fences which is not traveled as a highroad; narrow country road

lap: Read
v.
take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently

lapse: Read
n.
gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; unobserved or imperceptible progress; slip or error; failing in duty

largely: Read
ad. Syn. mainly
in a large manner; for the most part; mainly

lark: Read
v.
any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae; one who wakes early; one who is up with the larks

laser: Read
n.
optical device that produces an intense monochromatic beam of coherent light

lasting: Read
a. Syn. enduring; durable
continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring; durable

latent: Read
a. Syn. dormant; hidden
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden

lateral: Read
a. Syn. parallel; side
coming from side; situated at or extending to the side

latitude: Read
n.
freedom from normal restraints; angular distance north or south of the earth's equator

launch: Read
v. Syn. begin; originate; initiate
begin; originate; initiate; send off; take off

laundry: Read
n. Syn. washing
washing; workplace where clothes are washed and ironed

lawn: Read
n. Syn. landscape; grassland; meadow
landscape; grassland, usually tended or mowed; meadow

lay: Read
v. Syn. deposit
put into a certain place; cause to lie down; spread over a surface

layer: Read
n. Syn. tier; stratum
tier; a relatively thin sheet like expanse or region lying over or under another

layout: Read
n.
overall design of a page; plan or design of something that is laid out

leadership: Read
n. Syn. guidance; direction; authority
guidance; direction; authority; position or office of a leader

leading: Read
a. Syn. main; principal
chief; principal; having a position in the lead; foremost

leaflet: Read
n.
small leaf; leaf like organ or part

league: Read
n. Syn. association; union
association; union

leak: Read
v. Syn. seep; ooze
escape fluid from container through a hole or crack; tell anonymously; reveal

lean: Read
v.
bend or slant away from the vertical; rely for assistance or support

leap: Read
n. Syn. jump; hop
jump; hop; place jumped over or from

lease: Read
n. Syn. rent; charter
rent; charter; engage for service under a term of contract

lecture: Read
n.
teaching by giving a discourse on some subject; speech that is open to the public

legal: Read
a.
created by, permitted by law; according to the law of works

legend: Read
n.
explanatory list of symbols on a map; unverified story handed down from earlier times

legendary: Read
a. Syn. mythical; fabled
mythical; fabled; extremely well known; famous or renowned

legislation: Read
n. Syn. lawmaking
lawmaking; the act of making or enacting laws ; law enacted by a legislative body

legitimate: Read
a.
accordant with law; lawful; based on logical reasoning; reasonable

leisure: Read
n. Syn. convenience; vacancy
convenience; vacancy; freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity

lengthen: Read
v. Syn. extend; elongate
extend; make or become longer

leopard: Read
n.
large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots

lever: Read
n.
simple machine consisting of a rigid bar pivoted on a fixed point and used to transmit force

levy: Read
v. Syn. impose; collect
impose fine or tax; collect payment

liability: Read
n.
something that holds one back; state of being legally obliged and responsible

liable: Read
v. Syn. responsible; answerable
bound or obliged in law or equity

liberal: Read
a. Syn. tolerant
open-minded; tolerant; broad-mindedness; having political views favoring reform and progress

liberate: Read
v. Syn. free; discharge; release
set free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control; discharge; release

liberty: Read
n. Syn. freedom
state of free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another; freedom

license: Read
n. Syn. permission
official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing

lick: Read
v.
draw or pass the tongue over; pass or lap quickly and rapidly; beat thoroughly in a competition or fight

lift: Read
v. Syn. hoist; elevate
direct or carry from a lower to a higher position; raise; transport by air

light: Read
n.
brightness; something that admits illumination; source of fire; particular aspect of a situation

likelihood: Read
n.
possibility, strong probability; state of being probable

likewise: Read
ad. Syn. similarly
similarly; as well; too

limb: Read
n. Syn. arm; leg
arm; leg; any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree

limestone: Read
n.
rock consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate or carbonate of lime

limousine: Read
n.
any of various large passenger vehicles, especially a luxurious automobile; van or small bus on regular route

limp: Read
v.
walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg; move or proceed haltingly or unsteadily

line: Read
n.
thin continuous mark, as that made by a pen, pencil, or brush applied to a surface; border or boundary

linear: Read
a.
having form of a line; straight; consisting of lines; lineal

linen: Read
n.
fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant; thread made from fibers of the flax plant

liner: Read
n.
vessel belonging to a regular line of packets, as ship or plane

linger: Read
v. Syn. dawdle
be slow in leaving; continue or persist; stay

linguistics: Read
n.
humanistic study of language and literature

link: Read
v.
be or become joined or united; connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

liquid: Read
n. Syn. fluid; juice
fluid; juice; substance in fluid state

liquor: Read
n.
any liquid, as water, milk, blood, sap, juice; alcoholic or spirituous fluid

list: Read
v. Syn. tilt
lean or cause to lean to the side; lean over; itemize

literacy: Read
n.
reading and writing; ability to read and write

literal: Read
a.
according to the letter or verbal expression; exactly as stated

literally: Read
ad.
with meaning; word for word; letter by letter

literary: Read
a.
knowledgeable about literature; of or relating to or characteristic of literature

literate: Read
a. Syn. educated; schooled
educated; schooled; one who can read and write

literature: Read
n.
imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value; art or occupation of a literary writer

litter: Read
v.
make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly; scatter about

livelihood: Read
n. Syn. subsistence; sustenance
subsistence; financial means whereby one lives

lively: Read
a. Syn. busy; energetic; vigorous
busy; energetic; vigorous

liver: Read
n.
large and complicated reddish-brown glandular organ located in upper right chest

livestock: Read
n.
any animals kept for use or profit

load: Read
n. Syn. burden; duty
burden; something which is laid on or put in anything for conveyance; quantity which can be carried or drawn in some specified way

loaf: Read
n.
any thick lump, mass, or cake, especially, a large regularly shaped or molded mass, as of bread

loan: Read
n.
give temporarily; temporary provision of money

lobby: Read
n. Syn. hall; room
a group of people who try to influence legislation; hall; room; a large entrance or reception room or area

lobster: Read
n.
any large macrurous crustacean used as food

locality: Read
n. Syn. place; district
place; district; surrounding or nearby region; particular neighborhood

locate: Read
v. Syn. find; monitor; settle
find; monitor; settle; determine or specify the position or limits o

location: Read
n. Syn. scene; site; spot
scene; site; place where something is or could be located

lock: Read
n.
strand or cluster of hair; fastening together; a closing of one thing upon another; device operated by a key

locomotive: Read
n.
of or relating to locomotion; a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine

locust: Read
n.
any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory insects, of the family Acrididae

lodge: Read
n.
small house on the grounds of an estate or a park, used by a caretaker or gatekeeper

lodging: Read
n. Syn. accommodation
accommodation; lodging

lofty: Read
a.
high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism

log: Read
n. Syn. wood
record of a voyage or flight; record of day to day activities

logic: Read
n.
reasoned and reasonable judgment; a system of reasoning

logical: Read
a. Syn. coherent; reasonable
reasonable; based on known statements or events or conditions

longevity: Read
n.
long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation

longitude: Read
n.
an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles

loom: Read
v. Syn. appear; emerge
appear or take shape, usually in enlarged or distorted form

loop: Read
v. Syn. circle; ring
circle; ring; move in loops; make a loop in; join with a loop

loose: Read
a. Syn. unstable; weak
unbound; untied; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined

loosen: Read
v.
make loose or looser; make less severe or strict

lose: Read
v.
fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have; be deprived of; fail to win

lottery: Read
n.
scheme for distribution of prizes by chance; gaming in which tickets bearing particular numbers draw prizes

lounge: Read
n.
public room with seating where people can wait; living room; lobby

low: Read
v. Syn. moo
utter sound made by cattle; make a low noise

loyal: Read
a.
steadfast in allegiance or duty; faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty

lubricate: Read
v.
make smooth or slippery

lumber: Read
v.
move heavily or clumsily; cut down timber of

luminous: Read
a. Syn. shining
shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

lump: Read
n.
a small mass of matter of irregular shape; irregular or shapeless mass; small cube of sugar

lunar: Read
a.
pertaining to the moon; affecting the moon

luxurious: Read
a. Syn. sumptuous; lavish
rich and superior in quality; lavish

luxury: Read
n. Syn. opulence; extravagance
something that is an indulgence rather than necessity; excessively expensive