4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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gifted child

gifted child /ˈɡɪftɪdˈtʃaɪld/

a child who is naturally very clever, especially one who shows an remarkable talent in one or more areas

  • From a very early age it was clear he was a gifted child and he ended up doing his final high school exams at a very early age.


go down in history

go down in history /ˈɡəʊˈdaʊnɪnˈhɪstri/

be remembered and recognised in history

  • The Beatles will go down in history as one of the greatest bands ever.

go on strike

go on strike /ˈɡəʊɒnˈstraɪk/ 

describes when a group of workers decide not to work for a short amount of time to protest against conditions, pay etc.

  • The workers of the mining company went on strike to protest against the low pay they receive and the dangerous conditions they have to work under.

greatly appreciate

greatly appreciate /ˈɡreɪtliəˈpriːʃieit/

to be very thankful and happy for something

  • I greatly appreciate all the help you've given me with my essay.

growing disparity

growing disparity /ˈɡrəʊɪŋdɪsˈpærɪti/

an increasing difference between two things

  • There is a growing disparity between the rich and the poor in this country.


harmful to the environment

harmful to the environment /ˈhaːrmfəltuːðəenˈvaɪrəmənt/

causing damage to the environment

  • Many chemicals are extremely harmful to the environment and should be banned.

highly educated

highly educated /ˈhaɪliˈedʒjəkeɪtɪd/

describes someone who has a very high quality and high level of education

  • Her CV demonstrates she is a highly-educated individual.

highly unlikely

highly unlikely /ˈhaɪliʌnˈlaɪkli/

not at all probable to happen

  • It is highly unlikely I will have enough money to afford a holiday this year.


implement a plan

implement a plan /ˈɪmpləmentəˈplæn/

put a plan into operation

  • The train company will begin to implement their plans to provide more trains and cheaper services in the coming months.

increase dramatically

increase dramatically /ɪnˈkriːsdrəˈmætɪkli/

a very large and sudden increase in something

  • The number of teenage smokers in the UK increased dramatically between the years 2000 and 2005.

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