Vocabulary Word Lists

Browse our collection of word lists which allow you to examine words more closely.

What are Vocabulary Word Lists?

Word Lists are an important tool for language learners to efficiently learn vocabulary because they enable learners to focus on relevant words and phrases, optimising their learning time.

A robust vocabulary can help you choose the right words to convey your thoughts and ideas, both verbally and in writing. This is especially important in professional settings, where clear communication is key to success.

There are many ways to improve your vocabulary, including developing a reading habit, using a dictionary and thesaurus, and playing word games. Vocabulary lists are another effective method for expanding your vocabulary.

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You can check a word's grammar and usage simply by typing a word in the box below. Less common words may not be in the database, but we provide helpful links to enable you research the word further. Type a word in the search box above to research its definition. Provides descriptions of words alongside dictionary definitions and a list of related words.

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How can I use word lists to improve my language skills?

Vocabulary word lists can be a powerful tool for students looking to improve their language skills. Here are some ways in which you can use vocabulary word lists to enhance your language proficiency:

  • Narrow the focus of what vocabulary to study: Word lists allow you to focus on the most relevant words and phrases, which can help them optimise their time spent learning vocabulary
  • Fill gaps in vocabulary knowledge and use: By using word lists, you can identify areas where you may be lacking in vocabulary knowledge and use, and work to fill those gaps
  • Aid in the development of language skills: Word lists can help you develop your language skills by providing you with a targeted set of vocabulary words to study and practice
  • Encounter target vocabulary words beyond the context in which they are taught: You should use taught vocabulary words often and in various ways, both orally and in writing, so you are better able to remember the words and their meanings
  • Teach vocabulary via explicit instruction and also through independent readings: You can learn vocabulary through explicit instruction in the classroom, as well as through independent readings and other activities
  • Enrich knowledge of vocabulary repertoire: Even if you have a large vocabulary repertoire, you can enrich your knowledge in ways that makes it more accessible and productive

How can I create my own vocabulary word lists?

Creating your own vocabulary word lists can be a useful exercise if you are looking to improve you language skills. Here are some steps that you can follow to create your own lists:

  1. Choose a topic: You should choose a topic that interests you or that you are studying in class. This will help you stay engaged and motivated as you create your word list.
  2. Brainstorm words: You should brainstorm words related to the chosen topic. You can use resources such as textbooks, articles, and online dictionaries to help you come up with words.
  3. Define the words: Once you have a list of words, define each word in your own words. The definition should be easy to understand, be written in everyday language, and capture the word’s common use. You can use resources such as Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary, andWordsmyth Children’s Dictionary to help create your own definitions.
  4. Use the words in context: You should try to use the words in context by creating sentences or short paragraphs that demonstrate your understanding of the word’s meaning. This will help you remember the words and their meanings.
  5. Review and practice: Regularly review and practice word lists to enhance your word retention. Use the words orally and in writing to reinforce your understanding and memory.

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