Distinct’ means ‘clearly different.’


  • As the fog lifted, the outline of the city became more distinct.
  • The two groups of students have distinctly different needs.
  • The loss of more jobs is a distinct possibility if the value of the dollar continues to rise.

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
design for, design of
distinct from, distinct possibility, distinction in, distinction of, distinguish from
element of
equate with, equate to, equal to, equivalent to
evaluation of

Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (

Complete the sentences below with the correct word and the correct form of the word.

AWL Sublist 2, group 17

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 2:17

  1. He received _______________ in all of his subjects at university. (distinct, design)
  2. There are several _______________ to success including good planning. (element, distinct)
  3. $100 Australian dollars is _______________ to around $97 Singapore dollars. (evaluate, equate)
  4. She ______________ her own websites.  (equate, design)
  5. Many workers receive an _______________ each year. (element, evaluate)

Answers (in the wrong order below)
5. evaluation   3. equivalent  2. elements   1. distinctions   4. designs, designed

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