4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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rampant inflation

rampant inflation /ˈræmpəntinˈfleɪʃən/

Inflation that is rising dramatically and is out of control

  • Despite desperate attempts to control the country's rampant inflation, the value of the currency continues to plummet.

renewable energy

renewable energy /rɪˈnjuːəbəlˈenədʒi/

energy which comes from a source that does not run out

  • To solve the problem of climate change, I think more governments should invest in renewable energy.

rising unemployment

rising unemployment /ˈraɪzɪŋʌnemˈplɔɪmənt/

the state of having more and more people who do not have a job

  • The government have been heavily criticised for the country's rising unemployment rates.

rough idea

rough idea /ˈrʌfaiˈdɪə/

Having a general idea about something, but not being sure of some of the details about it

  • I have a rough idea of what I want to study at university, something relating to business probably, but I am not exactly sure what course.

run-down areas

run-down areas /ˈrʌndaʊnˈeəriəz/

poor areas of a city which have not been looked after by the local government very well

  • It's a good idea to avoid the outskirts of the city, as there are several run-down areas with high crime rates.