IELTS Vocabulary English Vocabulary Lesson 16 IELTS Exams Preparation
Definition: extremely unfortunate or unsuccessful.
Synonyms: calamitous, cataclysmic disastrous, ruinous
Usage: The catastrophic consequences of an oil spill.
Definition: Doubt as to the truth of something.
Synonyms: doubtfulness, dubiousness, doubt, a pinch of salt
Usage: Members of the company greeted his ideas with scepticism.
163-Mushroom (Verb) past tense: mushroomed
Definition: increase, spread, or develop rapidly.
Synonyms: grow/develop rapidly, burgeon, proliferate,
Usage: The industry mushroomed in the 1980s.
Definition: a short period of hard activity of a specified kind.
Synonyms: time, stretch, spell, period
Usage: Occasional bouts of strenuous exercise.
Definition: Spending money freely or extravagantly.
Usage: The annual pre-Christmas splurge.
Definition: Make full use of it.
Synonyms: put to use, use, use to good advantage, utilize, make use of,
Usage: the Indians of Colombia and Ecuador originally exploited platinum.
167-Strangle (Verb) past tense: strangled; past participle: strangled
Definition: squeeze or constrict the neck of, especially to cause death.
Synonyms: garrotte; asphyxiate, throttle, choke
Usage: He was strangled with a scarf.
168-Tenuous (Adj) Definition: very weak or slight.
Synonyms: flimsy, negligible, slight, insubstantial,
Usage: The link between interest rates and investment.
Definition: the action of obtaining or procuring something.
Usage: Financial assistance for the procurement of legal advice.
Definition: stimulating one’s appetite.
Synonyms: mouth-watering, inviting, tempting; tasty, succulent, delicious
Usage: An appetizing ploughman’s lunch was served.