4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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indigenous people

indigenous people /ɪnˈdɪdʒənəsˈpiːpəl/

people who are from a particular place or culture instead of coming there from somewhere different to live

  • Canada's indigenous peoples make up around 1.5 million, around 4% of the total population.

infectious disease

infectious disease /ɪnˈfekʃəsdɪˈziːz/

A disease which is easily passed from one person to another

  • The government are meeting to discuss how better to respond to the outbreak of infectious diseases such as Ebola.


joint effort

joint effort /ˈdʒɔɪntˈefət/

Done together with another person or other people

  • The research was a joint effort between a number of different universities.

jump to conclusions

jump to conclusions /ˈdʒʌmptəkənˈkluːʒənz/

to arrive at an opinion without hearing all of the evidence relating to it

  • We shouldn't jump to any conclusions until the case goes to court.


key advantage

key advantage /ˈkiːədˈvaːntɪdʒ/

A particular part of something or a particular skill that gives something or someone an advantage over something or someone else

  • One of the key advantages of cycling to work is the amount of money you save from not having to buy petrol.


lay off staff

lay off staff /ˈleɪjɒfˈstaːf/

for a company to stop giving work to its workers because there is not enough available

  • Hundreds of staff from the factory have been laid off.

levy a tax

levy a tax /ˈleviəˈtæks/

describes the action of officially putting a tax on something (formal)

  • In order to develop the infrastructure in my country our government should levy more taxes on multinational companies.

live up to expectations

live up to expectations /ˈlɪˈvʌpˈtuːekspekˈteɪʃənz/

for something to be as good or satisfying as you believe or are made to believe

  • The film was no way as good as the critics made out. It really failed to live up to my expectations!

look forward to

look forward to (something) /ˈlʊkˈfɔːrədtuː/

to have an appointment or event planned in the future which you are excited about because you think it will be enjoyable

  • I'm really looking forward to going out on Saturday.


make a commitment

make a commitment /ˈmeɪkəkəˈmɪtmənt/

to decide you will make a big effort towards doing or completing something

  • He has really been making a strong commitment towards his studies at the moment.

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