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4000 IELTS Academic Word List (7)

gale: Read
n. Syn. windstorm
very strong wind; gust of wind; emotional outburst as laughter or tears

gallery: Read
long usually narrow room ; covered corridor

gallop: Read
move or run rapidly or carelessly, as by a quadruped, particularly by a horse lifting alternately the fore feet and the hind feet, in successive leaps or bounds

gamble: Read
play or game for money or other stake; lose or squander by gaming

gang: Read
group of criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit; herd of buffalo or elk

gaol: Read
n. Syn. jail
place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment

gap: Read
n. Syn. opening; crevice
opening through mountains; pass; conspicuous difference or imbalance

garbage: Read
n. Syn. trash; rubbish; waste
trash; worthless or nonsensical matter; food wastes

garment: Read
any article of clothing, as coat or gown

gasoline: Read
n. Syn. petrol
petrol; flammable liquid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons

gauge: Read
n. Syn. measure; judge
measuring instrument; measure; judge

gaze: Read
fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment

gear: Read
toothed machine part, such as a wheel or cylinder, to transmit motion or to change speed or direction

gem: Read
n. Syn. jewel
precious stone; jewel; pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament

generalization: Read
an idea having general application; reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

generalize: Read
v. Syn. infer; deduce
reach conclusion; become systemic and spread throughout the body

generate: Read
v. Syn. cause; produce; create
bring into being; give rise to; produce

generation: Read
all offspring at same stage from common ancestor; interval of time between the birth of parents and their offspring

generator: Read
one that generates, especially converts mechanical energy into electrical energy; apparatus that generates vapor

generosity: Read
noble birth; quality of being noble; noble-mindedness; liberality in giving

generous: Read
a. Syn. magnanimous
more than adequate; willing to give and share unstintingly

genius: Read
exceptional creative ability; unusual mental ability; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

gentle: Read
well-born; of a good family or respectable birth; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender

genuine: Read
a. Syn. authentic; real; true
authentic; real; true

geology: Read
science which treats the structure and mineral constitution of the globe

geometry: Read
mathematics of the properties, measurement, and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids

germ: Read
bacteria; earliest form of an organism; seed

gesture: Read
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

giant: Read
person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual

gigantic: Read
a. Syn. mammoth; huge; enormous
exceedingly large; huge; very large or extensive

giggle: Read
laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; laugh in light, affected, or silly manner

ginger: Read
plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies

glare: Read
n. Syn. light; brightness
light; brightness; fierce or angry stare

glassware: Read
an article of tableware made of glass

gleam: Read
cause to emit a flash of light

glide: Read
v. Syn. slide; slip
slide; move in a smooth, effortless manner

glimpse: Read
n. Syn. glance
glance; a quick look ; see briefly; a brief or incomplete view

glisten: Read
sparkle or shine, especially shine with a mild, subdued, and fitful luster; emit a soft, scintillating light; gleam

glitter: Read
bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy

global: Read
a. Syn. worldwide; international
worldwide; international; having the shape of a globe

globe: Read
body with the shape of a sphere, especially a representation of the earth in the form of a hollow ball

gloom: Read
partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove; cloudiness or heaviness of mind

gloomy: Read
a. Syn. dusky; dim
imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim; clouded

glorify: Read
v. Syn. beautify
cause to seem more splendid; beautify

glorious: Read
a. Syn. noble; excellent; splendid
having or deserving glory; famous; characterized by great beauty and splendor; magnificent; wonderful

glossary: Read
brief explanation of words, often placed at back of book

glow: Read
shine with an intense or white heat; give forth vivid light and heat; exhibit a strong, bright color

glue: Read
be fixed as if by sticky substance; join or attach with or as if sticky substance

glut: Read
v. Syn. overstock
fill beyond capacity, especially with food; swallow greedlly

gnaw: Read
v. Syn. nibble; bite
bite or chew on with the teeth

goal: Read
n. Syn. end; objective; aim
end; objective; final purpose or aim

goat: Read
any of various ruminant mammals, of the genus Capra, related to the sheep; scapegoat

gorge: Read
stuff oneself; overeat; make a pig of oneself

gorgeous: Read
a. Syn. beautiful; magnificent
dazzlingly beautiful; magnificent

gossip: Read
n. Syn. rumor
rumor; malicious report about other people; light informal conversation for social occasions

govern: Read
v. Syn. rule; control
make and administer the public policy and affairs of

governor: Read
head of a state government

gown: Read
loose, flowing upper garment; ordinary outer dress of woman; official robe of certain professional men

grab: Read
v. Syn. grasp; snatch; capture
take or grasp suddenly; snatch; capture

grace: Read
n. Syn. elegance
elegance and beauty of movement or expression; short prayer of thanks before a meal

graceful: Read
a. Syn. elegant
elegant; showing grace of movement, form, or proportion

gracious: Read
beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor

grade: Read
n. Syn. rank
step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing

gradual: Read
proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive

graduate: Read
one who has received an academicals or professional degree; one who has completed the prescribed course of study

grand: Read
a. Syn. magnificent
large and impressive in size, scope, or extent

granite: Read
common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz; unyielding endurance

grant: Read
allow to have; give on the basis of merit; be willing to concede

graph: Read
n. Syn. chart
chart; a drawing illustrating the relations

grasp: Read
v. Syn. seize; grip; hold
grip; take hold of or seize firmly with or as if with the hand

grasshopper: Read
terrestrial plant-eating insect; young student in initial stages of training

grateful: Read
a. Syn. thankful; appreciative
thankful; appreciative of benefits received

gratify: Read
v. Syn. please
give pleasure to; satisfy; indulge; make happy

gratis: Read
a. Syn. free
free, without charge; costing nothing

gratitude: Read
state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; thankfulness

grave: Read
place for the burial; death or extinction

gravel: Read
small stones, or fragments of stone; very small pebbles, often intermixed with particles of sand

gravity: Read
n. Syn. seriousness
seriousness; solemn and dignified feeling; natural force between two massive bodies

graze: Read
v. Syn. feed
scrape gently; feed on growing grasses and herbage

grease: Read
oil; fat; state of being covered with unclean things

greedy: Read
a. Syn. avaricious; avid
wanting to get more than one can reasonably get

greenhouse: Read
house in which tender plants are cultivated and sheltered from the weather

grief: Read
pain of mind; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends; sorrow; sadness

grieve: Read
cause to be sorrowful; distress

grim: Read
unrelenting; rigid; dismal and gloomy; cold and forbidding

grin: Read
act of withdrawing lips and showing teeth; broad smile

grind: Read
v. Syn. crush; scrape
crush; scrape; reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

grip: Read
n. Syn. clutch; grasp
hold fast or firmly; seize as in a wrestling match

groan: Read
give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing

groove: Read
long narrow furrow or channel; settled routine; very pleasurable experience

grope: Read
v. Syn. fumble; probe
search blindly or uncertainly; reach about uncertainly; feel one's way

gross: Read
of huge size; excessively large; coarse; rough; not fine or delicate

ground: Read
n. Syn. soil; earth
solid surface of the earth; bottom; lowest part

grove: Read
n. Syn. orchard
group of trees smaller than a forest; orchard

growl: Read
utter a deep guttural sound, as angry dog; give forth an angry, grumbling sound; emit low guttural sound

grudge: Read
v. Syn. begrudge
be unwilling or reluctant to give or admit; be envious; show discontent

grumble: Read
utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

guarantee: Read
n. Syn. assure; ensure
pledge that something will happen or that something is true

guardian: Read
one who guards, preserves, or secures; one who has, or is entitled to custody of person or property

guess: Read
form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of knowledge; judge of at random

guilt: Read
state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right

guilty: Read
deserving of blame; adjudged to have committed crime

gulf: Read
an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay

gulp: Read
v. Syn. swallow
swallow; utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly

gust: Read
n. Syn. blast; outburst
blast; outburst

gutter: Read
channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; eaves channel; eaves trough

gymnasium: Read
place or building where athletic exercises are performed; a school for gymnastics

gymnastics: Read
sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility