100 words for CEFR Level C1 list 3

These 100 words for CEFR Level C1 list 3 are designed to help you improve your general English skills, but also to help you prepare for formal English test like IELTS and PTE.

Tips for using these vocabulary lists:

  • look carefully through the list to make sure you know the words and are confident that you can use them in your written or spoken English.
  • look up the meaning of any new words and put them in a sentence. If you’re not sure your sentence is correct, post it in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll check it for you.
  • make a handwritten note of any new words, ideally in a separate note pad that you carry with you. Whenever you have a few minutes – waiting for a bus, just before going to sleep, waiting for the kettle to boil – take out the list and look through, reminding yourself of the word and the meaning.
  • write the new word a number of times – writing down vocabulary will help you remember it and will also help with spelling.

Another good technique is to type the word into Google and read the example sentences in the search results.
When you’ve reviewed the words in the list below, test yourself with this exercise.

absolute
affliction
agriculture
appoint
approve
astonish
barrel
bleed
bless
border
boundary
breath
businesslike
calculation
chimney
claim
cliff
commit
conclude
confidential
confuse
consequent
contact
content
contrast
converse
cork
courage
credit
crucial
decade
decay
decline
decrease
deed
delicate
deserve
detect
discuss
disrespect
distinguish
drawer
drought
elastic
ensure
entire
equivalent
estimate
facilitate
famine
fluctuate
input
inquiry
institute
intense
interference
intervene
isolate
justice
manipulate
media
minuscule
miserable
misery
nausea
neutral
occupy
oppose
opposition
persuasion
polish
pose
pray
precious
preserve
president
prospect
proximity
psychology
pursue
quantity
quarrel
radical
rational
recommend
record
reduce
regulate
reluctance
remedy
reside
resistance
reticent
sacred
scatter
scent
scheme
scrape
severe
thorn
Ready to test yourself on these words? Try this exercise.


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