IELTS Vocabulary

IELTS Vocabulary

The best way for you to score better in your Lexical Resource section of IELTS Writing is by using vocabulary that is specific to the topic.

In this IELTS Writing specific article, we will introduce you to detailed explanations, suggestions and examples to practice and help you develop your vocabulary.

If you follow the official rubric of IELTS, you will observe that you get an 8 Band in Lexical Resource if you embed collocations in your Writing Task 1 and 2. And that becomes a reason for us to push you to practice using collocations in your speech. 

Let’s Begin.

What is a collocation?

A collocation is a group of two or more words that occur together in popular usage .i.e a group of words in a sentence that are used by speakers of English around the world.

To make your English language sound more natural and fluent, you should be using Collocations. This will not only develop your skills of speaking and writing but will also fetch help you get 7 and above bands in IELTS Speaking and Writing.

What is the best way to learn Collocations?

The best way is to learn Collocations is to use them in contextual and in natural way.

Below , you will find best IELTS Vocabulary resource with an explanation of collocations.


Examples of Collocations:


  • noun + noun: have a round of talks, a circle of talks
  • adjective + noun: had strong coffee, was not powerful coffee
  • adverb + adjective: was bitterly disappointed, am not sourly disappointed
  • verb + noun: to raise a family, wasn’t able to make a family
  • verb + adverb: they believe firmly, they believed tightly


You should now make note of the collocations that you can use in your IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2 as well as in your IELTS Speaking

We will be covering only four themes in this article. They are Art & Culture, Entertainment, Sports and Performance.

 Now take a pause and smile a bit before proceeding ahead.


  1. left a legacy a whale of a time
  2. is a source of inspiration
  3. a country with historic landmark
  4. took pride in his cultural heritage Media  attention
  5. there is a stark contrast between for adventure
  6. don’t blur  the boundaries desire/appetite
  7. lay the foundations of


  1. Had a blast/had
  2. The event is in full swing
  3. Is the life and soul parties
  4. film that attracts
  5. Had an unquenchable
  6. is having an insatiable
  7. gives an adrenal in rush


  1. did a training session the spot light limelight/under the spotlight
  2. hold/set/break the states’ record stage presence
  3. wasn’t able to cross the finishing line stage fright
  4. is gasping for breath
  5. sustained an injury during the match of applause
  6. took performance-enhancing drugs
  7. it comes as a surprise
  8. it was a crowning achievement


  1. is still in the
  2. to have an imposing
  3. Used to suffer from stage fright
  4. has a dress rehearsal
  5. received a round 
  6. brought the house down
  7. is booed off the stage
  8. meets with critical acclaim

Let’s make some sentences from the phrases we learnt above.

  1. Priyanka Chopra was in the lime light every where she went
  2. Pablo Escobar was a primadonna who could bring the house down.
  3. Manish Pandey was a thrill-seeker who got an adrenalin rush from adventure.
  4. Salman Khan was so shy he often experienced stage fright.
  5. Ayush Shrivastava had an imposing stage presence
  6. Despitehisantics,Manish Paul was never booed off the stage.
  7. Anurag Kashyap’s movies met with great critical acclaim.
  8. Geeta Chhabras’ doping scandal came as no surprise given her male-like body.
  9. Saurav Ganguli’s career took a down turn after hesustaine daknee in jury in 1999.
  10. Monika Panwar had an insatiable appetite for the good life.


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