IELTS Band 8 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 8 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 8 vocabulary listYour vocabulary is assessed in ALL parts of the IELTS, and the words on this page are what the examiner is looking for in order for you to reach a Band 8.0 result in your vocabulary.

Once you have looked through the list below, test your self with our IELTS Band 8.0 vocabulary list exercises. The exercises are split into groups of 10 words each to make learning easier!

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Tips for using the vocabulary for IELTS lists:

  • look carefully through the list to make sure you know the words and are confident that you can use them in your written or spoken English.
  • Look up the meaning of any new words and put them in a sentence. If you’re not sure your sentence is correct, post it in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll check it for you.
  • Make a handwritten note of any new words, ideally in a separate note pad that you carry with you. Whenever you have a few minutes – waiting for a bus, just before going to sleep, waiting for the kettle to boil – take out the list and look through, reminding yourself of the word and the meaning.
  • Improving your vocabulary for IELTS takes practice, so try to use the new word(s) in any suitable situation over the next few weeks – using the new word will help you remember it!
  • Write the new word a number of times – writing down vocabulary will help you remember it and will also help with spelling.
affliction manner official pursue reside
assess manual operate quantity resist
collision media operation quarrel resistance
conclude mercy operator quashed resolve
cork mere oppose quenching restrain
decay migrate opposition radical retain
enforce minister organ random reticent
facilitate ministry origin range revolution
initial minuscule participate rank sacred
injure miserable particular ratio sake
input misery patriotic rational scarce
inquire mode peculiar raw scatter
inquiry moderate perceive ray scent
insight moderation persist razor scheme
institute modify persuade realise scorn
integral monitor persuasion reason scrape
integrate moral policy reasonable sector
intend moreover polish receive sequence
intense motif pose recognise series
intention motion potential recognition serious
interference motive praise recommend significant
interval murder pray record simulate
intervene mutual preach recover situation
isolate mystery precede refer sketchy
jewel nausea precious reference slave
justice needle precise refresh social
justify network prejudice regulate society
landlord neutral preliminary reinforce sphere
latter noble presence reject spite
leash noise preserve relate stable
legal nuclear president reluctance stain
legislate nuisance presume remark statistic
literary numerical presumptuous remedy successor
literature object prime replenish sufficient
loyal objection proceed represent thorn
loyalty objective proportion representative transform
lung obtain prospect reproduce unify
maintain occasion provision reproduction uproar
manipulate offend proximity republic utilise
mankind offense psychology reputation violate
absent behavior committee custom domestic
absolute belief community decade drawer
absorb belong companion decision dream
academy beneath complication decisive drought
accurate bind comprehensive decline dubious
accuse birth compute decrease economy
achieve bitter confident deed edit
actual blade confidential defense efficiency
adequate bleed conflict definite efficient
advice bless confuse degree elastic
advise boast connect delay elect
agriculture boil consent delicate election
ambitious border consequent delight element
ancient bound consume dependent encourage
angle boundary contact depress enemy
anxiety bow contain deserve ensure
appearance brass content desire entire
application breath contract despair equip
appoint breathe contradict detect equivalent
approve brick contrary determine error
area bunch contrast develop essential
arise bundle contribute device estate
arrest businesslike converse devote estimate
ashamed calculate convert differentiate everlasting
astonish calculation convince disapprove evident
audience calculator coordinate discomfort exception
author cape corporate discontent exhibit
avoidance cart correspond discuss existence
awkward castle council discussion expand
baggage charm courage disease extraordinary
band chart course disgust faint
bare chest court dispose famine
bargain childhood creature disregard fluctuate
barrel chimney credit disrespect minor
basis claim crop dissatisfaction occupy
basket classic crucial dissatisfy reduce
beam classify cruel distinct rely
beard clerk culture distinguish severe
beg cliff currency divide shadow
behave commit cushion division volatile

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