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 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 5 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
habitual
hair
haircut
hairpin
half
halfway
hall
halve
hammer
hand
handbag
handicapped
handkerchief
handling
handout
handwriting
happen
happening
happily
happiness
happy
hard
hardly
hardness
hardship
hare
harm
hat
hate
hateful
hatred
have
he
head
headache
headline
headmaster
headquarters
health
healthy
hear
heart
heartfelt
hearth
heartily
hearty
heat
heated
heating
heavily
heavy
height
hello
help
hen
herbal
here
hereafter
hereby
herein
hereinafter
hereof
hereto
herewith
hero
heroic
heroine
hesitation
hi
high
highland
highly
highway
hijacker
hill
hillside
hind
hip
hire
historical
history
hit
holder
holding
hole
holiday
holy
home
homeless
homework
homogenous
honest
honesty
honey
honeymoon
honor
honorable
hope
hopeful
hopefully
hopeless
horrify
horse
horsepower
hospital
hostel
hostess
hot
...
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
above  Speak
Exercise
ad. at an earlier place
ad. in or to a place that is higher
Exercise
ad. towards the shore from the water
Exercise
n. a feeling of delight at being entertained
n. an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
Exercise
n. habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
n. an intense persistent desire to drink alcohol...
abreast  Speak
Exercise
n. the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
n. a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
Exercise
a. gone by; or in the past
ad. in the past
Exercise
n. an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
Exercise
a. being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge
ad. alongside each other, facing in the same direction
acceptance  Speak
Exercise
n. the state of being acceptable and accepted
n. (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
Exercise
a. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
Exercise
ad. in an enjoyable manner
Exercise
n. a person trained to travel in a spacecraft
advantageous  Speak
Exercise
ad. strictly correctly
ad. with few mistakes
Exercise
n. something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
v. give as judged due or on the basis of merit
Exercise
n. a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
n. a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia
Exercise
a. giving an advantage
a. appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
alarming  Speak
Exercise
a. frightening because of an awareness of danger
Exercise
ad. in an enjoyable manner
Exercise
a. belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
n. a very old person
Exercise
n. a word that expresses an attribute of something
n. the word class that qualifies nouns
algebra  Speak
Exercise
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
Exercise
n. an expert who gives advice
Exercise
a. marked by the appetites and passions of the body
n. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Exercise
n. the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations
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Read [Esc] v. come into the possession of
v. grow by addition


Spelling Word: accrued
Read [Esc] n. a word that expresses an attribute of something
n. the word class that qualifies nouns


Spelling Word: adjective
Read [Esc] n. a proposal for an appropriate course of action


Spelling Word: advice
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] ad. in an enjoyable manner


Spelling Word: agreeably
Read [Esc] a. relating to rural matters
a. relating to or used in or promoting agriculture or farming


Spelling Word: agricultural
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