IELTS Band 9 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 9 vocabulary list

IELTS Band 9 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 9.0 result in your vocabulary.

Once you have looked through the list below, test your self with our IELTS Band 9.0 vocabulary list exercises. The exercises are split into groups of 10 words each to make learning easier!

Click here to study IELTS Band 9 vocabulary list group 1

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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.
acknowledge condone endure noxious
advocate conduct energy nuance
alleviate confer engrossed obey
allocate confess enhance obligation
ambiguous confession enigma oblique
ambivalent confine enthral obscure
animosity confirm entity observe
apprehensive conform equate officious
aspect congenial erode omission
assemble congratulate erroneous omit
assign congratulation esoteric opaque
assist conquer essence orient
association conqueror ethic ornament
assume conquest ethical paradigm
assure conscience ethnic particle
attach conscious evaluate pejorative
attain consensus evolve perception
attentive consist exacerbate perspective
attitude constant explicit pervade
attribute constitute exploit petulant
attrition constrain extol phenomenon
authority construct extraneous philanthropy
automate consult exuberant philistine
autonomy contemporary finite philosophy
available context flagrant pioneer
avarice contiguous fracture plethora
aware controversy frugal plough
ban convene futile ponderous
barber convenience gender postulate
basin convenient genetic practitioner
beak convivial govern precipitous
beast core governor precursor
behalf creep grace predict
belligerent criteria gratuitous predominant
beneficiary critic gregarious prodigious
benefit cryptic heritage prodigy
bias culpable heterogeneous prohibit
bond cultivate hierarchy proliferate
brave curse homogeneous prolific
breadth curtail hypocrisy proprietary
bribe curve hypothesis protocol
bribery dearth ideology provident
brief debate illicit prudent
broadcast deceit imitate qualitative
bulk deceive imitation rebound
cage declare imminent reciprocal
canal deduce impediment reclusive
capable defendant implement refine
capacity deference implicate reflect
capricious define implicit reflection
carriage delineate imply regime
case denote impose rejoice
category derive impoverished renaissance
cattle derogatory incentive reproach
caution descend incline revenue
cease descendant indigenous reverberate
ceremony descent induce revere
challenge destroy indulgent rift
channel destruction infer rival
character destructive infrastructure rivalry
charisma deteriorate ingenuous rudimentary
chastise deviate inherent sacrifice
cheat devise inherit salvage
circumstance diligent inhibit scrupulous
cite dimension initiate sentient
citizen diminish innovate serendipity
civil discipline insatiable shrink
clarify discrete instigate shunned
clause discriminate integrity slavery
coarse disparage interact solemn
cognitive displace intimate speculate
coherent distort intrepid sporadic
coincide diverse intrinsic sprawl
collapse docile introspective squander
collar doleful intuition stagnation
colony domain invoke status
combine dominant irate stifled
command dominate jeopardy strive
commence dormant juvenile subjugate
commerce duplicate laconic sublime
commercial duration lament subordinate
commission dynamic latent succumb
commodity earnest levy superfluous
communicate eccentric linguist surreptitious
compatible efface lithe sustain
compensate egocentric lucrative taciturn
compile elicit lurid tangible
complement eliminate lustrous tenacious
complex elucidate malign tentative
complicity emerge mechanism terrestrial
component eminent mediate thesis
compose emphasis misconception toil
composition empire mundane vehemence
compound empirical munificent venerate
comprise enchant negate verisimilitude
conceive enclose neglect vestige
concentrate enclosure nihilism vigilance
concept encounter nocturnal vilify
concoct endangered nominal vindicate
concurrent endeavour notorious vitriolic


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