100 Most Used Words, To Improve English, You Must Know

100 Most Used Words, To Improve English, You Must Know


Here is the list of most used 100 words. If you want to improve your verbal and written english, it is suggested to learn these 100 words by heart and put them in your daily use.

1 . Accountability(noun) – responsibility, liability, answerability, culpability.

Adept(adjective) – expert, skillful, proficient, talented; brilliant, outstanding, splendid.

Aftermath(noun) – repercussions, after-effects, by-product;  consequences, effects.

Ambitious(adjective) – difficult, demanding, formidable, hard, tough; determined, progressive, motivated.

Apathy(noun) – lack of interest, indifference, unresponsiveness, dispassion, unconcern.

Articulate(verb) – express, communicate, state, make public, announce.

Behest(noun) – instruction, request, wish; command, order, direction.

Bolster (verb) –  support, strengthen, boost, make stronger, reinforce.

Boundto (adjective) – certain, sure, very likely, guaranteed

10 . Cede(verb) – give up, surrender, concede, relinquish; handover, assign, grant (power /territory).

Chaos(noun) – disorder, confusion, disarray, disorganization; disruption, confusion, havoc, furore, turmoil.

Cognitive(adjective) – related to the mental processes (cognition) of thinking, understanding, learning, remembering.

Compelling(adjective) – fascinating, engrossing, riveting, enthralling, thrilling; convincing, persuasive, cogent, irresistible, forceful,

Contend(verb) – assert, acclaim, state, pronounce, insist, argue.

Contend for (verb) – compete, challenge; strive, struggle, fight.

Contend with (verb) – cope with, face, deal with, take on; resist.

Context(noun) – circumstances, conditions, surroundings, situation, environment.

Continuum(noun) – a series of things with a particular quality, but differed by minute angles.

Conundrum(noun) – problem, difficult question, vexed question, difficulty, dilemma.

20 . Crackdown(noun) – clampdown, getting tough, severe/stern measures, suppression, elimination.

Defiance(noun) – resistance, opposition, confrontation; non-compliance, disobedience, dissent, subversion.

Detrimental(adjective) – harmful, damaging, dangerous, disastrous, adverse, unhealthy, bad.

Dissident(noun) – dissenterobjector, protester, disputant; rebel, revolutionary.

Emanate(verb) – emerge, flow, ensue, come out, arise; originate from; exude, spread out.

Empower(verb) – allow, permit, authorise, entitle; emancipate, unchain, set free.

Engulf (verb) – affect, overwhelm; inundate, overflow, flow over.

Envisage(verb) – foresee, predict, forecast, anticipate, expect; imagine, contemplate, visualize, envision.

Evasive(adjective) – prevaricatingelusive, equivocal, ambiguous, indefinite, indirect, avoiding, dodging, escaping, eluding.

Explicit(adjective) – clear, direct, obvious; precise, exact, definite.

30 . Exploit(verb) – use, utilize, make use of, capitalize on; take advantage of.

Extremist(noun) – fanatic, sectarian, radical, fundamentalist, militant, partisan, activist.

Fallout(noun) – bad effect/result, adverse effect/result.

Fillip(noun) – stimulus, boost, encouragement, incentive, impetus, motivation; tonic, uplift, spur, goad, prod, push, prompt.

Flag (verb) – draw attention to; mark out, indicate, identify, point out.

Foster(verb) – encourage, promote, endorse, stimulate, support.

Grievance (noun) – complaint, criticism, objection, protestation, problem, charge.

Hard nosed(adjective) – tough-minded, realistic, pragmatic, practical.

Heed (verb) – pay attention to, notice, consider, take notice of, notice, take into account.

Humane(noun) – compassionate, kind-hearted, good-natured, civilised.

40 . Impending(adjective) – imminent, at hand, close, nearing, approaching, looming large, threatening.

Impetus(noun) – motivation, stimulus, encouragement, inspiration, boost.

Impinge(verb) – affect, have an effect/impact on, influence, have a bearing on, encroach on, intrude on, infringe, strike, hit, collide with.

Inertia(noun) – inactivity, inaction, apathy, dullness, lethargy.

Innate(adjective) – inherent, intrinsic, natural, inborn; chronic, congenital.

Instil (verb) – imbue, inject, inculcate, ingrain, inspire.

Insurgency(noun) – rebellion, revolt, uprising, outbreak, rioting.

Intimidation(noun) –  frightening, menacing, terrifying; threatening, harassment, oppression.

Introspection(noun) – self-observation, broodingself-analysis; contemplation, thoughtfulness, thinking.

Lax(adjective) – slack, negligent, remiss, careless, inattentive; soft, liberal, non-restrictive.

50 . Legacy (noun) – footprint, achievement, feat, accomplishment; something happened in the past/something that is coming from the past.

Lopsided(adjective) – asymmetrical, off-centre, uneven, unequal, to one side.

Maim(verb) – injure, wound, hurt, disable, impair, disfigure, deform.

Metaphor(noun) – figure of speech, figurative expression, comparison, image, symbol.

Mobilise(verb) –  arouse, generate, induce, cause, bring into play, prompt, marshal, deploy,  assemble, mass, organize.

Nudge(verb) – prompt, encourage, coax, push; prod, poke, jab.

Objective(adjective) – impartial, unbiased, equitable, fair.

Objective(noun) – aim, intention, purpose, target, goal.

Outreach(noun) – the level/act of reaching out, activity, effort; activity, process, involvement, influence.

Persuade(verb) – cause, lead, move, motivate, induce, convince, prompt, influence, prevail on, coax.

60 . Pertinent(adjective) – relevant, appropriate, suitable.

Portent(verb) – omen, sign, indication, forecast, prediction.

Potent(adjective) – powerful, strong, vigorous, mighty; forceful, convincing, compelling, persuasive.

Potential(noun) – prospects, possibilities, potentiality; Potential (adjective) possible, likely, probable, implicit.

Predecessor(noun) – forerunner, precursor, antecedent, former.

Prejudice(noun) –  partiality, bigotry, bias, discrimination, inequity.

Profound(adjective) – great, deep, extreme, acute; deep, complex, difficult.

Promulgate(verb) – make known, make public, publicize, communicate,  put into effect, enact, implement, enforce.

Propriety(noun) – decorum, respectability, courtesy; etiquette, formalities, rules of conduct, standards.

Provision(noun) – term, clause, requirement, specification; condition, facilities, services, amenities; funds, benefits.
Provisionfor (noun) – preparations, planning, prearrangement, arrangements.

70 . Purported(adjective) – claimed, professed, pretended; alleged, asserted.

Ramifications(noun) – consequence, result, aftermath, outcome, effect; development; outgrowth.

Rebuff (verb) – reject, refuse, decline; repulse, repel, dismiss.

Redress(noun) – compensation, reparation, repayment; restitution, remedy.

Redress(verb) – rectify, correct, make right, deal with, resolve, settle.

Regime (noun) – system, arrangement, scheme, policy.

Reinstate(verb) – restore, return to a former position, return to power, bring back, reinstitute,   repeat, say again, restate, iterate, recapitulate.

Relinquish(verb) – renounce, give up, give away; leave, resign from; discontinue, stop.

Resentment(noun) – bitterness, indignation, hostility, dissatisfaction, hatred, resentfulness, hard/bad feelings.

Resilience(noun)- toughness, ability to bounce back, strength, flexibility; ability to recover from tough time.

80 . Restive(adjective) – tense, restless, nervous; disorderly, out of control; rebellious.

Revamp(verb) – renovate, reconstruct, rebuild; modernize, update, renew; reorganize.

Revive(verb) – resuscitate, bring back, bring around, bring to life; reintroduce, regenerate, relaunch, renew, bring back.

Rote(noun) – without thinking, unthinking, from memory, mechanically.

Scuttle(verb) – destroy, wreak, scrap, make something fail; make something to fail intentionally.

Semblance(noun) – appearance, outward appearance, approximation, apparent form; resemblance; similarity (archaic).

sheer(adjective) – utter, total, complete, thorough, absolute.

Signatory(noun) – the one (person/party/organisation/country) which signed an official document.

Spectrum(noun) – range, gamut, sweep, scope; ambit, compass.

Status quo(noun) – the present situation, the current state, the existing state of affairs.

90 . Stem from(phrasal verb) – originate from, arise from, come from.

Subjective(adjective) – personal, irrational, individual, instinctive, intuitive.

Subsume(verb) – include, absorb, cover, encompass.

Tangible(adjective) – real, actual, substantial, well defined, clear; touchable, palpable, visible.

Thwart(verb) – stop, impede, check, block, prevent, oppose, hinder.

Undermine(verb) – subvert, weaken, impede, diminish, hinder, damage.

Unequivocal(adjective) – unambiguous, unmistakable, indisputable; clear, well defined; direct, straightforward, blunt.

Unfold(verb) – narrate, reveal, make known, disclose,  develop, evolve, happen, take place, occur.

Vicious(adjective) – brutal, harsh, violent, ruthless, heartless.

Visceral(adjective) – deep inward feelings and emotions; full of strong emotions without any logic; not intellectual, instinctive, unreasoning.

100 . Vulnerable(adjective) – in danger, in peril, at risk, endangered; exposed to, wide open to, susceptible to, subject to.

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The definitions or meanings of words above, are based on my understanding and reading and not that of Oxford dictionary.

The definitions/ meanings are tentative, a summarized out come of internet search.

This list is based on my personal experience and study.


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