IELTS Book 6 Test 2 Section 1
Advantages of Public Transport
Congestion (noun) Synonym: Blockage
The state of being crowded and full of traffic
- traffic congestion and pollution
(In medical terms) the state of part of the body being blocked with blood or mucus
- congestion of the lungs medicine to relieve nasal congestion
Counterparts (noun) Synonym: Colleague
A person or thing that has the same position or function as somebody/something else in a different place or situation
- The Foreign Minister held talks with his Chinese counterpart.
- The women's shoe, like its male counterpart, is specifically designed for the serious tennis player
Flourishes (verb) Synonym: Brandish
To develop quickly and be successful or common
- Few businesses are flourishing in the present economic climate.
- The arts began to flourish at that time.There was a flourishing black market.
To grow well; to be healthy and happy
- These plants flourish in a damp climate.
Pour (verb) Synonym: Decant
To pour something (+ adv./ prep.) to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle.
- She poured boiling water down the sink.
- Although I poured it carefully, I still spilled some.
Preferences (noun) Synonym: Taste
Preference (for somebody/something) a greater interest in or desire for somebody/something than somebody/something else
- It's a matter of personal preference.
- I can't say that I have any particular preference.
Referendum (noun) Synonym: Vote
Referendum (on something) an occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue
- The changes were approved by referendum.
Suburb (noun) Synonym: Outskirt
An area where people live that is outside the centre of a city
- a suburb of Londona London suburb
- They live in the suburbs.
Widespread (adjective) Synonym: Far-flung
Existing or happening over a large area or among many people widespread damage
- The plan received widespread support throughout the country.