IELTS Book 8 Test 2 Section 3

8 T2 S3

Acute (Adjective) Synonym: Keen

Very serious or severe

· There is an acute shortage of water.

· Acute pain

· The world’s acute environmental problems

· Competition for jobs is acute.

· The scandal was an acute embarrassment for the President.

· He was suffering from acute chest pains.

An acute illness is one that has quickly become severe and dangerous

· Acute appendicitis

(of the senses) very sensitive and well developed

· Dogs have an acute sense of smell.

Intelligent and quick to notice and understand things

· He is an acute observer of the social scene.Her judgement is acute.

(geometry) (of an angle) less than 90°

· Acute Angle

Agreeable(adjective) Synonym: Pleasing

Pleasant and easy to like

· We spent a most agreeable day together.

· He seemed extremely agreeable.

[not before noun] agreeable (to something) willing to do something or allow something

· Do you think they will be agreeable to our proposal?

Agreeable (to somebody) able to be accepted by somebody

· The deal must be agreeable to both sides.

Aroma( Noun) Synonym: Fragrance

A pleasant, noticeable smell

· The aroma of fresh coffee

· A delicious aroma was coming from the kitchen.

Associate verb Synonym: Mix

[transitive] associate somebody/something (with somebody/something) to make a connection between people or things in your mind

· I always associate the smell of baking with my childhood.

· He is closely associated in the public mind with horror movies.

· Most people immediately associate addictions with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

· You wouldn’t normally associate these two writers—their styles are completely different.

[intransitive] associate with somebody to spend time with somebody, especially a person or people that somebody else does not approve of

· I don't like you associating with those people.

[transitive] associate yourself with something (formal) to show that you support or agree with something

· I associate myself with the Prime Minister's remarks (= I agree with them).

· I have never associated myself with political extremism.

Distinguish(Verb) Synonym: Differentiate

[intransitive, transitive] to recognize the difference between two people or things

Distinguish between A and B

· At what age are children able to distinguish between right and wrong?

· English law clearly distinguishes between murder and manslaughter.

Distinguish A from B

· It was hard to distinguish one twin from the other.

Distinguish A and B

· Sometimes reality and fantasy are hard to distinguish.

· We can distinguish five meanings of the word ‘mad’.

[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) distinguish A (from B) to be a characteristic that makes two people, animals or things different

· What was it that distinguished her from her classmates?

· The male bird is distinguished from the female by its red beak.

· Does your cat have any distinguishing marks?

· The power of speech distinguishes human beings from animals.

[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) distinguish something to be able to see or hear something

· I could not distinguish her words, but she sounded agitated.

· She could not distinguish the make and colour of the car in the fading light.

[transitive] distinguish yourself (as something) to do something so well that people notice and admire you

· She has already distinguished herself as an athlete.

Elusive(adjective) Synonym: Evasive

Difficult to find, define or achieve

· Eric, as elusive as ever, was nowhere to be found.

· The elusive concept of ‘literature’

· A solution to the problem of toxic waste is proving elusive.

Essential (Adjective) Synonym: Vital