Writing Task 2 IELTS Vocabulary

150 Writing Task 2 IELTS Vocabulary (PDF)


In this article, I’ll talk about 150 Writing task 2 IELTS Vocabulary that will help you get band 8 or above in your IELTS test. But at first, we need to know why vocabulary is so important in the IELTS test. 


Why do you need to build vocabulary for the IELTS exam? 


There are lots of people out there promising shortcuts and hacks for the IELTS exam, but you won’t be able to get a high score with a low vocabulary level. In writing tasks 1, 2 and in IELTS Speaking your vocabulary makes up 25% of your score. That means a quarter of your score goes to vocabulary. That is why vocabulary is so important for IELTS Writing task 1 and 2, as well as for your Speaking. 


These 150 writing task 2 IELTS vocabulary will help you to score a high band in your IELTS test. So instead of using common words, try to use these high-level words in your Writing and Speaking test.


Commonly used Words or Sentence High-Level Words
Keep Store
Feel Unhappy Become disappointed, disappointed 
Refresh Restore, Rejuvenate
Make happen faster Accelerate
Send out Emit
Go to school Attend School
Receive educationAcquire an education
Force Oblige, Compel, Impose
Want Intend to, Plan to 
Put upInstall
Try Make an effort
Keep eye onSupervise, Monitor
Pay attention to Attend 
Be keep on, interested in To be enthusiastic about, show enthusiasm regarding
LoveShow affection towards
Spend time on Devote, Contribute to 
Use Consume, Utilize, Apply in 
UnderstandRecognize, Discern, Identify, Interpret, Absorb
Give opinion aboutComment on 
Pay for something Afford 
Make up for Compensate 
Say Argue, maintain, Claim.
Suggest Recommend, Pose
Move towardApproach
Take advantage, be usefulBenefit 
To have something Possess
To be able to use somethingTo have access to something
Make up of something Consist of something 
  Make up Constitute, Involve, Comprise
  Explain Justify 
  Test Assess 
  Open something, set up Establish, Found 
  Show Indicate, Illustrate, Demonstrate, Reveal
  Make rule Legislate
Happen Occur 
Remove forward Proceed, Propel, Inspire
  Need Require
Ask for Demand, Request
  Do research Conduct, carry out, undertake
  Say yes Accept, approve, admit
  Answer  Respond, reply
  Make Structure, form, construct
  Change Alter, vary
  Do something successfully Achieve, fulfill, attain
  Get Gain, acquire, become, obtain
  Do Administer 
  Put into categories Categorize, classify
  Help  Assist 
  To end something, finish Conclude, terminate, adjourn
  Calculate the value, judge Evaluate 
  Look for  Seek 
  Choose  Select, adopt
  To live Reside
  Believe  Perceive 
  To move to Transfer 
  Buy  Purchase 
  To control something Regulate 
  Combine, match Coordinate, aggregate
  Help Coordinate, provide aid
  Communicate  Interact 
  Limit, control Constrain 
  Write  Correspond 
  Capitalize on something  Emphasize, highlight
  Make sure Ensure 
  Fill  Occupy, obsess
  Depend on  Rely on
  No have in something Exclude, remove
  Help with money Finance, provide financial support
  Provide money for something Fund, sponsor
  Have something in something Contain 
  Find the place Locate 
  Print  Publish 
  Write your name in classes Register, enroll 
  Make able  Enable 
  Make larger Expand 
  Make something (electricity) Generate, manufacture
  Become familiar with Orientate 
  Say no Reject, refuge
  Replace  Substitute 
  Give exampleIllustrate 
  Say for Mention, aforementioned
  Not give attention to Ignore 
  Slow down something Inhibit, prevent
  To get rid of, escape Dispose of
  Delete, cross out Eliminate 
  To add something to something Insert 
  Separate  Isolate 
  Pile up Accumulate 
  Make clear Clarify 
  Discover  Detect 
  Make less Reduce, minimize 
  Live  Dwell 
  Stop  Cease 
  Continue to exist Persist 
  Dig  quarry
  Do business Commerce 
  Use something a lot Overuse 
  Say formally Announce, express 
  To connect in mind Associate 
  Solve  Tackle, handle, approach the problem
  Make better Improve, promote
  Keep in mind Retain 
  Say before it happens Predict, forecast
  Change to fit Adjust, modify 
  Worsen Compound, exacerbate
  Talk to somebody Consult 
  Change gradually Evolve 
  Leave open to, not to protect Expose 
  Make easy Facilitate 
  Follow  Pursue 
  Keep on Continue, sustain
  Thank somebody  Acknowledge 
  Connect, join Attach 
  Grow Enhance, increase, rise
  To tell somebody how to do something Instruct 
  Go forward Advance 
  Introduce new ideas Innovate 
  Forbid  Prohibit 
  To stay alive  Survive 
  To go with somebody Accompany 
  Value  Appreciate 
  Obey  conform to 
  To show publicly Exhibit 
  To give room Accommodate 
  Make certain Assure 
  Act against, not obey Violate 
  Face  encounter, confront
  Use wrongly misuse, abuse
  Buy and sell Trade 
  To put in order to prioritize
  To encourage to grow Stimulate 
  Copy  imitate, replicate
  To gather something  compile, accumulate, collect
  Crooked  bent, twisted, hooked, zigzag
  Cry  shout, yell, scream, roar
  Dull  boring, uninteresting, unimaginative, lifeless, listless
  Eager  keen, enthusiastic, involved, interested
  Mischievous  playful, naughty, sportive
  Neat  clean, orderly, tidy, shapely
  Part  portion, share, piece, fragment
  Strange  peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, curious, unique
  Teachers  tutors, educators, instructors
  Irrelevant  useless, meaningless, trivial
  Humble  meek, respectful, submissive
  Qualified  competent, suited, capable
  Old  feeble, ancient, aged
  Catch  seize, hold, capture

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2 thoughts on “150 Writing Task 2 IELTS Vocabulary (PDF)”

  1. Some people say the main way to be happy in life is to have a lot of money. How might having a lot of money make people happy? What other things in life can make people happy?

    Wealth is considered to be very important for life and many people argue that having loads of money is the key to happiness. Money may help us to buy our basic necessities as well as luxuries, thus keeping us sated in the short run but it can neither buy us satisfaction in life nor the love of family and friends.
    Most people feel happy when they earn or inherit a huge amount of wealth as they think they can now purchase whatever they want. For the impoverished, arranging for two square meals is a big worry while the rich can splurge on buffet meals, fancy houses and luxurious cars; parents can afford better education for their children and there is no worry of healthcare expenditure. Moreover, if we get more money than required for our basic needs, we can spend on entertainment. For instance, buying the latest gadgets like mobile phones. The more we earn, the more we can spend and hence we can afford better lifestyles.
    Conversely, many believe that money can not buy happiness. A happy person may not be satisfied in life and may keep searching for inner peace. Robin Sharma, the author of ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ is a classic example of a person who donated his wealth for achieving mental calmness. Moreover, making you rich may drift you apart from your family and friends who need your attention and quality time, rather than your money. What good is your gold if you do not have any one to share it with?
    In conclusion, it is perceived that money can buy happiness as our needs and wants are easily fulfilled, however, true happiness is attained only when we are mentally at peace, and have near and dear ones to share our lives with.

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