Other ways to say: 100 most common words in IELTS




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1.important = crucial (extremely important), significant(amount or effects large enough to be important)

2.common = universal, ubiquitous(if something is ubiquitous, it seems to be every where)

3.abundant = ample (enough and usually extra), plentiful (enough for people’s needs and wants)

4.stick = adhere, cling (hold on something tightly)

5.neglect = ignore. (difference: neglect means someone has not paid enough attention to something; ignore means no attention.)

6.near = adjacent (two things next to each other), adjoin(the same as adjacent)

7.pursue = woo (man woos woman, old-fashioned), seek (if you seek sth, you try to obtain it. FORMAL)

8.accurate = precise (precise is exact and accurate in all details), exact (correct in every detail)

9.vague = obscure (unknown or known by only a few people)

10.top = peak, summit

11.competitor = rival, opponent (especially in sports and politics)

12.blame = condemn (if you condemn something, you say it is very bad and unacceptable)

13.opinion = perspective, standpoint(means looking at an event or situation in a particular way)

14.fame = prestige (describe those who are admired), reputation

15.build = erect (you can erect something as buildings, FORMAL), establish

16.insult = humiliate (do something or say something which makes people feel ashamed or stupid)

17.complain = grumble (complain something in a bad-tempered way)

18.primary = radical (very important and great in degree), fundamental

19.relieve = alleviate (alleviate means you make pain or sufferings less intense or severe)

20.force = coerce into (coerce means you make someone do something she/he does not want to), compel

21.enlarge = magnify (magnify means make something larger than it really is)

22.complex = intricate (if something is intricate, it often has many small parts and details)

  1. Lonely = solitary (if someone is solitary, there is no one near him/her)

24.small = minuscule (very small), minute,

25.praise = extol (stronger than praise), compliment(polite and political)

26.hard-working = assiduous (someone who is assiduous works hard or does things very thoroughly)

27.difficult = arduous (if something is arduous, it is difficult and tiring, and involves a lot of efforts)

28.poor (soil) = barren, infertile (used to describe the soil is so poor that plants cannot be planted on it)

29.fragile = brittle, vulnerable (someone who is vulnerable is easily hurt emotionally or physically)

30.show = demonstrate (to demonstrate a fact means to make it clear to people.)

31.big = massive (large in size, quantity, or extent), colossal (use this word, you emphasize something’s large), tremendous (informal)

32.avoid = shun (if someone shuns something, she/he deliberately avoid that something or keep away from it.)

33.fair = impartial (someone who is impartial is able to give a fair opinion or decision on something.)

34.attack = assault (physically attack someone), assail (attack violently)

35.dislike = abhor (abhor means you hate something to a extreme extent for moral reasons), loathe (dislike very much)

36.ruin = devastate (it means damage something very badly, or utterly destroy it.)

37.always = invariably (the same as always, but better than always)

38.forever = perpetual (a perpetual state never changes), immutable (something immutable will never change or be changed)

39.surprise = startle (it means surprise you slightly), astound (surprise you to a large degree), astonish(the same as astound)

40.enthusiasm = zeal (a great enthusiasm), fervency (sincere and enthusiasm)

41.quiet = tranquil (calm and peaceful), serene (calm and quiet)

42.expensive = exorbitant (it means too expensive that it should be)

43.luxurious = lavish (impressive and very expensive), sumptuous (grand and very expensive)

44.boring = tedious (if you describe something tedious, you mean it is boring and frustrating)

45.respect = esteem (if you esteem someone, you respect and admire him/her. FORMAL)

46.worry = fret (if you fret about something, you worry about it)

47.cold = chilly (unpleasantly cold), icy(extremely cold)

48.hot = boiling (very hot)

49.dangerous = perilous (very dangerous, hazardous) (dangerous, especially to people’s safety and health)

50.only = unique (the only one of its kind), distinctive;

51.stop = cease (if something ceases, it stops happening or existing)

52.part = component (the components of something are the parts that it is made of)

53.result = consequence (the results or effects of something)

54.obvious = apparent, manifest

55.based on = derived from (can see or notice them very easily)

56.quite = fairly

57.pathetic = lamentable (very uncomfortable and disappointing)

58.field = domain (a particular field of thought, activities or interest)

59.appear = emerge (come into existence)

60.whole = entire (the whole of something)

61.wet = moist (slightly wet), damp (slightly wet), humid (very damp and hot)

62.wrong = erroneous (incorrect or partly correct)

63.difficult = formidable

64.change = convert (change into another form)

65.typical = quintessential (this word means represent a typical example of something)

66.careful = cautious (very careful in order to avoid danger), prudent(careful and sensible)

67.ability = capacity, capability (the same as ability)

68.strange = eccentric (if some one is eccentric, she/he behaves in a strange way, or his/her opinion is different from most people)

69.rich= affluent (if you are affluent, you have a lot of money)

70.use = utilize (the same as use)

71.dubious = skeptical (if you are skeptical about something, you have doubts on it.)

72.satisfy = gratify (if you are gratified by something, it gives you pleasure and satisfaction)

73.short = fleeting, ephemeral (if something is ephemeral, it lasts a short time)

74.Scholarship = fellowship

75.smelly = malodorous (used to describe an unpleasant smell)

76.ugly = hideous (if something is hideous, it is very ugly or unattractive)

77.attractive = appealing (pleasing and attractive), absorbing (something absorbing can attract you a great deal)

78.diverse = miscellaneous (a miscellaneous groups consists of many different kinds of things)

79.disorder = disarray, chaos

80.crazily = frantically (used to describe someone who behaves in a wild and uncontrolled way)

81.rapid = meteoric (ATTENTION: meteoric is only used to describe someone achieves success quickly)

82.ordinary = mundane (very ordinary and not at interesting or unusual)

83.despite = notwithstanding (FORMAL)

84.best = optimal (used to describe the best level something can achieve)

85.sharp = acute (severe and intense)

86.unbelievable = inconceivable (if you deem something inconceivable, you think it very unlike to happen )

87.puzzle = perplex (something perplex someone means it confuses and worries him/her because he/she does not understand it)

88.method = avenue (a way of getting something done)

89.famous = distinguished (used to describe people who are successful in their career)

90.ancient = archaic (extremely old and extremely old-fashioned)

91.decorate = embellish (embellish means make something look more attractive via decorating it with something else)

92.possible = feasible (if something is feasible, it can be done, made or achieved)

93.so = consequently, accordingly

94.rare = infrequent (doesn’t happen often)

95.greedy = rapacious (greedy and selfish)

96.individuals,characters, folks = people,persons

97.nowadays = currently

98.dreadful, unfavorable, poor, adverse, ill = be less impressive

99.reap huge fruits = get many benefits

100.for my part, from my own perspective = in my opinion