IELTS General Words List
1   Overview:
IELTS General Test is to evaluate English level to fit for daily living and working. To own strong IELTS general vocabulary is the prerequisite to pass the test.

To migrate to English speaking countries, including Australia, UK, Canada, and New Zealand, people are usually asked to take this test. IELTS General Test is easier than IELTS Academic Test in reading and writing, however, test takers should focus on the specialities of separate tests, don't simply compare which is easier to pass. Actually they are independent tests and their scores cannot be converted in any way.

To reflect nature of general test, IELTS general vocabulary has its attribute: related to living, working, and social activities. Most of words are selected from real scenarios, such as shopping in mall and renting an apartment. These words aren't difficult for native English speakers; but as for ESL (English as Second Language), many people still need take courses to study or enrich before test day.

This IELTS general words list is compiled to meet with the basic criteria of IELTS general training test. 4000 words are categorized into 11 groups. To speed up studying, the initial page shows word list alone and hides definitions. If you need to look up definition, just click a button to retrieve by word. This design helps to skip known words as fast as possible, because this is a large list and you may know some of them more or less.

So, this is a proven IELTS general vocabulary with smart web technology supporting. It dramatically decreases time to skip known words and helps to focus on new words. If you are preparing IELTS general training test and are looking for a vocabulary, this one is deserved to have a look.

In addition, we have to remind IELTS academic test takers that these 4000 IELTS general words are actually the base of both academic and general tests. If you are IELTS academic test taker, you should take this list as fundamental vocabulary. Based on it, study other IELTS vocabularies. Especially, students living non-English speaking counties should take this general vocabulary seriously, because most of academic vocabularies exclude common daily words, but some of which occur on both IELTS test papers from time to time. This's why all IELTS test takers need this list.

If you used to study English words through static ebooks, we recommend a basic level ebook IELTS 1200 Words in 30 Days, which can be found from main ebook distributors, such as Apple iBook, Google Books, Amazon Kindle. Besides, this web site also offers a web app with same vocabulary as the ebook to speed up your studying, Try It!

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Before kicking off preparing IELTS general vocabulary, you should understand that general vocabulary is specially for IELTS general training test. If there is any confusion, go to the IELTS Official Website, which will help you out and clarify your question.
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Words of Group 10 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
sad
sadly
sadness
safe
safely
safety
said
sail
sailing
sailor
saint
salability
salable
salad
salary
sale
sales
salesman
salt
salty
same
sampling
sand
sandwich
santa
sardine
satisfactorily
satisfy
saturation
saturday
saturn
sausage
saw
say
scaly
scarcity
school
schooling
science
scientific
scientist
scorching
scornful
scotland
scotsman
scottish
scream
screech
sea
seaman
search
seaside
season
seat
second
secondhand
secondly
secrecy
secretariat
secretary
see
seed
seem
seize
seizure
seldom
self
selfish
sell
seller
semiconductor
seminar
senate
send
sender
senior
senseless
separately
separation
september
sermon
serpent
servant
serve
service
serviceable
set
settlement
seven
seventeen
seventh
seventy
several
severely
sew
sex
sexual
sexuality
shadow
shadowy
shady
shake
shame
shameful
shampoo
shape
shapeless
share
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n. an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
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ad. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
a. completely given to or absorbed by
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ad. at or in or to any place
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a. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
a. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
afloat  Speak
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a. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
a. feeling or showing anger
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n. social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
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a. aimlessly drifting
a. covered with water
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n. letters and packages that are transported by aircraft
v. send or transport by airmail
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n. a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
v. become angry
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n. the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment
n. (law) the hearing and determination of a dispute by an impartial referee agreed to by both parties (often used to settle disputes between labor and management)
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n. a large number of people united for some specific purpose
n. the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
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n. an era of history having some distinctive feature
v. make older
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n. the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
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ad. in circumference
ad. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
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v. cause to agonize
v. suffer agony or anguish
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n. North America and South America and Central America
n. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independenc...
agree  Speak
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v. be in accord; be in agreement
v. go together
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n. the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
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a. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
a. feeling or showing anger
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n. the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
a. relating to or characteristic of Arabs
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ad. at or in or to any place
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a. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
a. feeling or showing anger
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n. spiritual being attendant upon God
n. person of exceptional holiness
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n. a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
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Read [Esc] n. concurrence of opinion
n. the act of granting rights


Spelling Word: accordance
Read [Esc] n. a female actor


Spelling Word: actress
Read [Esc] a. deserving of the highest esteem or admiration
a. inspiring admiration or approval


Spelling Word: admirable
Read [Esc] a. filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
a. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness


Spelling Word: afraid
Read [Esc] v. cause to agonize
v. suffer agony or anguish


Spelling Word: agonize
Read [Esc] n. North America and South America and Central America
n. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independenc...


Spelling Word: america
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