List of top 100 Synonyms in the IELTS Test

The list of top 100 synonyms is the most used in the IELTS test, students just need to know this vocabulary list to be able to practice Speaking and Writing a lot more flexibly.

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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)
  23. 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
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