Sublist 1, Group 4 (4)

Derive’ means ‘comes from.’  You can ‘derive’ a benefit from something, or a word can be derived from French or another language. Or in scientific terms one product can be derived from another.

  • This cure is derived from human blood.
  • Farmers in particular will derive benefits from daylight saving.

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
definition of
derive benefit
distribution of
economise with, economic benefit
environmental concerns, environmental activists

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 (

AWL Sublist 1, group 4

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 1:4

Complete the sentences . Choose the correct word and then choose the correct form of the word to complete each sentence.

1.We’re spending too much money, we need to _______________. (define, economy)

2.The government is more concerned about finances than about   _______________ considerations. (environment, distribute)

3.Many words are _______________ over time and can take on very different meanings. (define, environment)

4.A lot of words in English are _______________ from Latin and Greek. (derive, distribute)

5.Supermarkets have large ______________ networks. (derive, distribute)

Answers (in wrong order below)
3. defined 1. economise 4. derived   5. distribution    2. environmental