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 6 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
lab
labor
laboratory
lack
lad
ladder
lady
lake
lamp
land
landed
landlady
landlord
language
lantern
large
last
late
lately
later
lathe
latin
latter
lattice
laugh
laughter
lavatory
law
lawful
lawyer
laziness
lazy
le
leader
leaf
leakage
learn
learned
learner
learning
least
leather
leave
lecturer
leeway
left
leftover
leg
lemon
lemonade
lend
lending
length
leninism
lens
less
lessen
lesson
let
letter
level
liar
liberation
librarian
library
lid
lie
lieutenant
life
lifetime
lighten
lighter
lighthouse
lightly
lightning
like
likely
likeness
liking
lily
lime
limit
limitation
limited
linguist
lining
lion
lioness
lip
lipstick
listen
listener
litre
little
live
living
local
loneliness
lonely
lonesome
long
longing
look
lord
lorry
loss
lost
lot
...
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
able  Speak
Exercise
a. characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
Exercise
a. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
a. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
Exercise
n. a person who acts and gets things done
n. a theatrical performer
Exercise
n. a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
actor  Speak
Exercise
n. a person who acts and gets things done
n. a theatrical performer
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n. letters and packages that are transported by aircraft
v. send or transport by airmail
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a. any of various alternatives; some other
Exercise
v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
n. a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
addition  Speak
Exercise
a. of or relating to the Arctic
n. a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
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n. a quantity that is added
n. a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area
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a. addicted to alcohol
a. characteristic of or containing alcohol
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n. the state of actually existing objectively
adviser  Speak
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n. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
n. the act of troubling or annoying someone
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ad. in an arrogant manner
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n. assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
n. assigning to a cause or source
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n. an expert who gives advice
afloat  Speak
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ad. in addition
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a. aimlessly drifting
a. covered with water
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a. not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
a. mentally perceptive and responsive
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v. cause to agonize
v. suffer agony or anguish
afraid  Speak
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a. filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
a. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
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n. the month following March and preceding May
Exercise
n. the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations
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v. cause to agonize
v. suffer agony or anguish
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Read [Esc] n. a word that expresses an attribute of something
n. the word class that qualifies nouns


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


Spelling Word: admirable
Read [Esc] n. an expert who gives advice


Spelling Word: adviser
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] a. of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples
n. a native or inhabitant of Africa


Spelling Word: african
Read [Esc] n. a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an [___] is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume


Spelling Word: ale
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