Featured Word:
Margin’ means on the edge or on the side. It is most commonly used to describe the space between the edge of a page and the text that is on the page. When you ‘marginalise something or someone, it means you put them on the side, or outside the main group.


  • When reading a long and complex text, it sometimes helps to write notes in the margin.
  • In the corporate world women will often feel marginalised because they are not part of the social world that their male counterparts enjoy.

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
licence for, licence to, licensing authority, licenced by
logical conclusion, logical thinking
margin for error, marginalised by, marginalised because of

medical assistance, medical knowledge, medically speaking
mental capacity, mental accuity, mentality related to

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Academic Word List 55

IELTS Vocabulary 55

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 55

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

  1. Do teachers need a  _______________ in your country? (licensed, licence)
  2. It is  _______________ to think that children can grow up to be healthy when they have poor nutrition, education and there welfare needs are not met. (illogical, illogically)
  3. I don’t really like the flavour of either toothpaste, but this one is ______________ better than that one. (margin, marginally)
  4. I won’t be in class tomorrow because I have to go for a _______________ . (medical, medically)
  5. When you have a difficult task ahead, you need to prepare both physically and  _______________. (mentality, mentally)

Answers (in the wrong order)
5. mentally   1. licence   2. illogical   3. marginally    4. medical