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A ‘Notion’ is a belief or an idea. It can also be a vague understanding or an impression of something. You may have ‘no notion’ about something – meaning you have ‘no idea.’


  • The notion of ‘progress’ has different meanings to different people.
  • The notion that women can’t be leaders has held many talented women back over several generations.

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
modify by, can mofidy, can be modified
computer monitor, to monitor someone’s behaviour
a network of, to network
notion of, notions about
objective for, objective measures, objectively argue, objectively demonstrate

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 (

Academic Word List 56

IELTS Vocabulary 56

Complete the sentences below with the correct word and the correct form of the word. (eg. you may need to change a word from a noun to an adjective or from a singular to a plural.)

  1. If you have  _______________ on your car, your insurance premium is likely to be a lot higher.  (network, modify)
  2. What are your  _______________ for your current course of study? (objective, modify)
  3. Jonathan has all kinds of crazy _______________ about how to maximise interest on investments. (notion, objective)
  4. To be successful in business, it is useful to have a wide _______________ of contacts in a range of fields. (monitor, network)
  5. The work performance of most employees is   _______________ in some way. (monitor, notion)

Answers (in the wrong order)
5. monitored   1. modifications   2. objectives   3. notions    4. network