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If you’ve been studying English for a while, you know the positive feelings that come with expanding your knowledge and improving your skills.

You probably felt overjoyed the first time you read something in English and understood it. You might have found yourself trying to eavesdrop on native speakers as your listening skills got better. And I’m willing to bet you felt a little bit proud of yourself after having your first English-language conversation. 

At this stage in your learning journey, memorizing more advanced English words is going to boost your confidence even further and provide you with a more comprehensive vocabulary base. 

In this article, we’ll introduce and show examples of advanced-level English words in the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Business
  • Medical
  • Legal

In addition, we’ve included a bonus section where you can find more professional, impressive words  you can use in place of their weaker counterparts.

    → Before we get ahead of ourselves, have you read our articles on Beginner words yet?

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  1. Advanced Academic Words
  2. Advanced Business Words
  3. Advanced Medical Words
  4. Advanced Legal Words
  5. Bonus: Alternative Words for Acing Your English Exam
  6. Conclusion

1. Advanced Academic Words

A Woman Highlighting Key Notes in Her Textbook

Do you plan on finishing high school or attending university in an English-speaking country? Then you’ll need a suitable vocabulary! Below are some of the most common advanced English words used in academic settings.


Ambiguous 
Adjective
Unclear or uncertain; Able to be interpreted more than one way
The results from the last election are rather ambiguous

Analyze
Verb
To study something in a methodical manner in order to find relationships or patterns
Peter had to analyze the data from his biotechnology experiment. 

Assessment 
Noun
A tool used to measure one’s knowledge or ability
Each student was given a long assessment at the end of the semester.

Contemporary
Adjective / Noun
Adjective: Being of the current times
Noun: Something or someone who existed at the same time as another
Adjective: She doesn’t like contemporary artwork.
Noun: Franklin D. Roosevelt was a contemporary of Albert Einstein. 

Controversy
Noun
Quarrels or arguments resulting from opposing views on a topic of importance
The new film sparked a lot of controversy

Credentials
Noun
Documents or testimonials that indicate a person’s worthiness or ability to perform in a specific role
Lilly was asked about her credentials during the interview.

Curiosity
Noun
Inquisitiveness or interest in something
Curiosity is an important trait for any student to possess.

Discrimination
Noun
A prejudiced view; The act of judging others based on category and not their own personal merits or faults
Please write an essay on how discrimination has affected your life. 

Evaluate
Verb
To look over data in order to find patterns or relationships
Tom and Susan evaluated the data from their experiment. 

Factor
Noun
Any element that contributes to the success or accomplishment of something
What is the most important factor in learning a language? 

Finesse
Noun
 
A skillful, delicate, or refined manner of performing an action or completing a task
Polly recited the poem with great finesse

Former
Adjective
Previous; Coming before
When was the last time you talked with a former classmate?

Incident
Noun
A (usually negative) occurrence
We do not want a repeat of last week’s incident, do we?

Inferior
Adjective
Not as good as; Weaker than
Opal’s math skills are inferior to Rick’s. 

Inquiry
Noun
A question or series of questions asked in order to receiving information; An investigation
My recent inquiry went unanswered. 

Irrational
Adjective
Lacking reason, clarity of mind, or logic
Her behavior that day was irrational and frightening.

Irrelevant
Adjective
Lacking relevance; Having nothing to do with the topic at hand
The answer he gave was irrelevant and added no value to the discussion.

Juvenile
Adjective / Noun
Adjective: Childlike; Immature
Noun: A child or minor
Adjective: Cara hated his juvenile behavior. 
Noun: Because she was a juvenile, she was let off easy.

Latter
Adjective
Coming after
Now, let’s discuss the latter point.

Listless
Adjective
Having no energy or enthusiasm
After the breakup, Anne was listless

Motive
Noun
A reason for doing or saying something
What is the motive behind the president’s decision?

Observe
Verb
To watch closely
I had the chance to observe petals falling from the tree.

Outstanding
Adjective
1. Exceptional
2. Still needing to be dealt with
1. Her performance for Theatre class was outstanding
2. Will you pay the outstanding credit card balance? 

Parlance
Noun
A specific way of using words; Jargon
The two siblings had a special parlance between them. 

Proportion
Noun
A number or percentage of something
The proportion of people getting the COVID-19 vaccine is slowly increasing.

Qualm
Noun
A fear, doubt, or worry
Evelynn had some qualms about her upcoming appointment. 

Subsequent
Adjective
Coming after another thing (usually an event or action)
The rain brought on a subsequent hailstorm. 

Vast
Adjective
Wide; Expansive
The ocean is incredibly vast.

Widespread
Adjective
Existing across a large area or population
From where did this widespread belief originate? 

2. Advanced Business Words

Four Colleagues Smiling into the Camera

If your long-term goal is to grow your career in an English-speaking country, you’ll need a strong set of relevant words and phrases to ensure your success. Below is a list of advanced English words for daily use in business settings. 


Agenda
Noun
1. A plan or schedule (usually for a trip or meeting)
2. An underlying motive for doing or saying something
1. The first thing on our agenda is to discuss our budget for this quarter.
2. Politicians always seem to have a hidden agenda

Alternative
Adjective / Noun
Adjective: Different; Other
Noun: An option that is available or offered in place of another
Adjective: Are there any alternative methods available to us? 
Noun: I wish there was an alternative

Authorization
Noun
Permission from a superior to do something
You need authorization to make that purchase.

Banknote
Noun
A paper form of legal tender
Can you deliver these banknotes to the appropriate department?

Branch
Noun
A company division or office; An extension or subdivision of a company
The bank will be opening a new branch in my area.

Clause
Noun
A specific article or stipulation within a document
The rules were clearly outlined in the third clause.

Compensation
Noun
Payment received for one’s work; Money or another asset given to someone to make up for injury or loss
Dom was unsatisfied with the compensation he received for his labor.

Consensus
Noun
Agreement
We have yet to reach a consensus concerning our email marketing campaign. 

Consumer
Noun
One who purchases a product or service
In marketing, it’s important to understand the wants and needs of the consumer.

Counter-offer
Noun
An offer given to negotiate terms after hearing an original offer
Maria didn’t like the terms laid out, so she made a counter-offer.

Estimate
Noun / Verb
Noun: An educated guess 
Verb: The act of making an educated guess
Noun: Isla made a quick estimate on how much the project would cost. 
Verb: In the United States, most self-employed persons must estimate their taxes every quarter.

Expansion
Noun
Growth 
The library network underwent a large expansion last year.

Fiscal
Adjective
Relating to taxes or other government revenue
What was our gross income for the last fiscal year?

Invoice
Noun / Verb
Noun: A document containing information on services rendered and their costs
Verb: The act of sending someone an invoice
Noun: Have you sent Mr. Hayneedle the invoice yet?
Verb: No, I still need to invoice him for our services. 

Monopoly
Noun
Exclusive possession/control of a product or service
The grocery store had a monopoly in the area, because it had no competitors.

Reinforce
Verb
To encourage or strengthen something
Eva needed to reinforce the company guidelines.

Rendezvous
Noun / Verb
Noun: A scheduled meeting
Verb: The act of attending a scheduled meeting
Noun: We have scheduled a rendezvous with the stakeholders for tomorrow afternoon.
Verb: I must rendezvous with my family at the airport next week.

Revenue
Noun
Generated income
How can we generate more revenue next year?

Strategy
Noun
A detailed plan 
I am developing a new strategy for our customer service sector. 

Transfer
Noun / Verb
Noun: A move or shift to another location
Verb: The act of moving or shifting someone/something to another location
Noun: Thank you for banking with us; the transfer was successful. 
Verb: Would you like to transfer to another department? 

Visual aid
Noun
Images, graphs, tables, or charts used to help others visualize the presented information
The presentation was quite dull because Tammy did not incorporate visual aids.

Vocational 
Adjective
Relating to one’s field of work 
Can you describe your vocational goals?

Workaholic
Noun
One who works too much or too hard, especially if they seem addicted to working despite its consequences to their health
Joe is a workaholic; he hardly ever leaves the office. 

3. Advanced Medical Words

A Doctor and Two Nurses Helping an Elderly Woman in a Wheelchair

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for healthcare workers is projected to increase 15% over the next decade. If you would like to pursue a medical career, knowing advanced English words related to medicine and health conditions is essential! 


Analgesic
Adjective / Noun
Adjective: Reducing, relieving, or preventing pain
Noun: A drug or other medium that reduces, relieves, or prevents pain
Adjective: The doctor prescribed some analgesic drugs after the surgery. 
Noun: Many analgesics are habit-inducing and not for long-term use. 

Anemia
Noun
A condition characterized by a low red blood cell count; Symptoms include dizziness and lack of energy
Nina had to take an iron supplement due to her anemia.

Anesthesia
Noun
The controlled loss of sensation, commonly used before surgery or other medical operations
Ray was put under anesthesia before his major surgery. 

Aneurysm 
Noun
A bulge in an artery resulting from a weakened point in the artery wall
Liza suffered an aneurysm after working out too hard. 

Anomaly
Noun
Something that varies from the norm
The doctors discovered an anomaly during Gerald’s annual checkup. 

Anorexia
Noun
Loss of appetite; A condition in which one starves oneself and exercises excessively in order to lose weight 
Jasmine was hospitalized due to her anorexia

Aphasia
Noun
A condition in which one has difficulty understanding or using speech
Aphasia made it difficult for Henry to communicate with his family. 

Apnea
Noun
A condition in which one’s breathing stops for extended periods while they sleep, especially common in those who are obese or have heart/lung problems
Tom’s wife told him to see a doctor for his sleep apnea

Arthritis
Noun
A condition in which one’s joints are swollen and tender
His grandmother takes medication for her arthritis

Asymptomatic
Adjective
Showing no symptoms
Many people who contract COVID-19 are asymptomatic

Atrophy
Noun / Verb
The wasting away of something, usually muscle
Noun: He experienced muscle atrophy during his long hospitalization. 
Verb: His muscles began to atrophy during his long hospitalization. 

Autopsy
Noun
An examination done postmortem to pinpoint one’s cause of death
The autopsy revealed the man died of a heart attack.

Benign
Adjective
Not cancerous; Not likely to spread or be harmful
Lucille was relieved to hear that her tumor was benign

Biopsy
Noun
An examination done on human tissue to determine if a disease is present
Where are the results from the biopsy

Bronchitis
Noun
A condition in which the bronchial tubes (which carry air to/from the lungs) become inflamed
His coughing was a symptom of bronchitis

Carcinogenic
Adjective
Causing cancer
Processed meat and alcohol are said to be carcinogenic

Cardiology
Noun
A branch of medicine focusing on heart problems and other issues related to the circulatory system
Mellany studied cardiology for several years. 

Cauterization
Noun
The act of burning a section of the body in order to stop excessive bleeding or remove infected skin
Kevin’s wound required cauterization.

Chemotherapy
Noun
A standardized procedure using several drugs to target cancer cells
Their grandfather had finally finished his last round of chemotherapy

Chronic
Adjective
Long-lasting or permanent
Some medical conditions are chronic, such as arthritis. 

Colic
Noun
A condition in which a newborn baby cries for several hours a day over the course of several weeks
Valerie hadn’t slept all week because her baby had colic

Cranium
Noun
The skull
He’s lucky he didn’t fracture his cranium after that fall! 

Dementia
Noun
A condition encompassing symptoms such as memory loss and difficulty with speech
Sara’s aunt was diagnosed with dementia and could not remember her. 

Dermatitis
Noun
A general term for skin conditions or diseases
Sometimes, lotion can soothe the skin of those with dermatitis

Diagnosis
Noun
The identification of a condition based on symptoms
Buck anxiously waited to hear the diagnosis

Hemorrhage
Noun / Verb
Noun: A condition in which a ruptured vessel bleeds
Verb: To suffer a hemorrhage
Noun: There’s a hemorrhage in his brain that must be treated immediately. 
Verb: Once her brain began to hemorrhage, there was nothing more they could do. 

Psychiatry
Noun
The study and treatment of mental and/or emotional issues
Kellie studied psychiatry so that she could become a therapist. 

Residency
Noun
A period of time (usually several years) during which medical students practice what they’ve learned firsthand
After completing his five-year residency, Hector celebrated with friends and family. 

Therapy
Noun
The act of working with a therapist to overcome problems that interfere with your life (anxiety, depression, etc.)
Joyce began therapy after her divorce. 

4. Advanced Legal Words

Two People Swearing an Oath on the Bible in Court

Is it your parents’ dream for you to become a lawyer or a judge? Then you’d better study up! And I don’t mean on laws—there’s a ton of terminology and other advanced English terms you’ll need to know before donning that judicial robe. 

    → There are a few additional words on our Law Vocab Builder page. Hear their pronunciation and practice along!

Acquit
Verb
To clear someone of all charges against them
The man accused of robbery was acquitted of the crime. 

Adjudicate
Verb
To make an informed decision on a dispute
The jury plays a large role in adjudicating a case.

Affidavit
Noun
A written statement signed over oath and used as court evidence
William had to sign an affidavit to gain access to his funds.

Appeal
Noun / Verb
Noun: A request to change a ruling
Verb: The act of requesting a change to a ruling
Noun: He quickly filed an appeal to reverse the ruling. 
Verb: Olivia appealed to the higher court on the issue. 

Apprehend
Verb
To arrest
The criminal was apprehended by police at his home. 

Arraign
Verb
To call someone to court in order to answer a charge against them
Alyssa was arraigned due to suspicion of her involvement in a crime. 

Bail
Noun / Verb
Noun: A specified amount of money to be paid in order to release someone from jail
Verb: The act of paying said amount of money
Noun: Riley posted bail to release her son from jail. 
Verb: Wayne refused to bail his father out of jail. 

Bankruptcy
Noun
A legal process which allows debtors who cannot repay their debts to be relieved of the responsibility
Her mother filed for bankruptcy last year. 

Class-action lawsuit
Noun
A situation where several plaintiffs may simultaneously file and prosecute a complaint against the same party
Did you hear about that class-action lawsuit on the news? 

Complaint
Noun
A formal statement concerning an issue that one would like resolved
Jose decided to file a complaint against his neighbor. 

Curfew
Noun
A specific time by which time a person should not be outside of their home
The city government imposed a curfew of 11 p.m. on its citizens. 

Deed
Noun
A legal document that proves one’s ownership (of a house, property, car, etc.)
The Gallagers couldn’t find the deed to their home. 

Defendant
Noun
The party in court that has been accused of a crime or misdemeanor
The defendant kept his head down as he walked into the courtroom. 

Detention
Noun
The act of detaining someone
She underwent detention because she was a major suspect. 

Embezzlement
Noun
Handling the money of another in a way that is unauthorized, especially when done for personal financial gain
The businessman and his colleague were charged with embezzlement

Equity
Noun
1) A principle that encourages fairness in court rulings, especially those that are not straightforward
2) The actual value of a property
1) The court used the principle of equity in its ruling. 
2) The equity of the home was not impressive. 

Espionage
Noun
The act of spying on the political or military status of another country for the sake of one’s own country
The woman was openly accused of espionage

Evict
Verb
To legally remove someone as a resident of your home or other owned property
Matthew had to evict his friend from their shared apartment. 

Expiration
Noun
The act of ceasing to be valid by a specified date
Before the expiration of the contract, you will need to renew it. 

Felony
Noun
A crime
Robert’s brother committed a felony many years ago. 

Foreclosure
Noun
A situation where a mortgagor is forced to put their home up for sale due to not being able to make their payments
The foreclosure wreaked havoc on the family’s finances. 

Impeachment
Noun
The act of legally removing someone from their station, especially in government 
The government official faced impeachment as a result of his actions. 

Infringement
Noun
The act of breaking an agreement or limiting one’s right to something
Jessica sued her company over the infringement of her contract with them. 

Interrogation
Noun
The act of questioning someone in order to gain information (or a confession)
The interrogation lasted several hours, but yielded no results. 

Jurisprudence
Noun
A legal system
Abigail was well-studied in U.S. jurisprudence

Legislation
Noun
Laws on a given topic that are considered collectively
What are your thoughts on the current legislation

Legitimate
Adjective
Adhering to the law
Tristan was uncertain whether the company’s actions were legitimate

Liable
Adjective
Legally responsible for
The court deems you liable for the damage. 

Magistrate
Noun
A court official who typically helps in resolving smaller disputes
The magistrate resolved a minor dispute between neighbors. 

Malpractice
Noun
Physical activity that has been handled in an illegal or negligent manner
The hospital was sued for malpractice by a former patient. 

Marshal
Noun
The administrative head of a police department
Wendy was served the eviction notice via the marshal

Misdemeanor
Noun
A petty crime
The teenager had several misdemeanors on her record. 

Negligent
Adjective
Lacking the due care, caution, or diligence required for a given task or role
The court found him negligent in his duties. 

Null and void
Adjective
No longer binding or applicable
This contract is now null and void

Nullify
Verb
To cause an agreement or contract to be no longer binding or applicable
How can I nullify the agreement? 

Parole
Noun
 
A release from jail or prison, based on a set of rules the releasee must agree and adhere to
Noun: The prisoner was placed on parole

Penalty
Noun
A specified amount of money owed for breaking an agreement or contract, or otherwise failing to meet legally binding expectations
Sylvia had to pay a penalty of $1000 for breaking the contract.

Perjury
Noun
The act of lying while under oath
Barney was accused of perjury

Plaintiff
Noun
A person who accuses another party of committing a crime
The plaintiff accused the defendant of stealing her money. 

Prosecutor
Noun
One who performs the act of prosecuting a party in court
The prosecutor put forth the case against the defendant. 

Premarital
Adjective
Relating to a time prior to one’s marriage
The couple drafted and signed a premarital agreement. 

Precedent
Adjective / Noun
Adjective: Happening before another event or action
Noun: A ruling or court case example that serves as a model for future cases
Adjective: The precedent ceremonies seemed to take a long time. 
Noun: The judge drew on old precedents to rule the case. 

Refutation
Noun
A statement that declares another statement untrue or invalid
The lawyer put forth a refutation of the plaintiff’s account of events. 

Sentence
Noun / Verb
Noun: A formally declared judgement or punishment of the guilty party
Verb: To put forth the judgement or punishment of the guilty party
Noun: Joe was served a life sentence in prison for his heinous crimes. 
Verb: I hereby sentence you to life in prison.

Statute
Noun
A law
Emily became familiar with several statutes while studying law. 

Summons
Noun
An order to appear in court
Ursula received a summons to appear in court the following Thursday. 

Tenancy
Noun
The state of being a legal resident on a property
Her husband’s tenancy was in dispute. 

Treason
Noun
A crime committed against one’s own country
The politician was accused of high treason

Verdict
Noun
An official decision
The final verdict shocked nearly everyone in the courtroom.

Writ
Noun
A formal written document that contains an official order
She received a writ commanding her to testify on a case. 

5. Bonus: Alternative Words for Acing Your English Exam

Are you nervous about an upcoming English exam or essay? Then there are three things you should do: 

1) Practice some de-stressing methods

2) Head over to our article on The IELTS Exam

3) Study the following list of advanced English words for essays. 

Note: The words in red are basic words that you could use, and the words in green are more advanced words you should use instead. 

Another Note: There’s a time and place for any word to be used, even a basic one. If you’re ever in doubt about the exact meaning of an advanced word, it may be better to use the basic one that’s less nuanced. 

Verbs

Two Colleagues Looking Over Stats

I concur with his analysis.

AgreeConcur
I agree with his analysis.

Vs.

I concur with his analysis. 

AskInquire
I asked about her work.

Vs.

I inquired about her work.

BuyPurchase / Acquire
She bought a new dress.

Vs.

She purchased a new dress. 
She acquired a new dress.

DelayDefer / Postpone
The school delayed its opening.

Vs.

The school deferred its opening. 
The school postponed its opening.

ExpectAnticipate
I expect she will marry soon.

Vs.

I anticipate she will marry soon.

FindDiscover
It took her years to find her hidden talents.

Vs.

It took her years to discover her hidden talents.

GiveOffer / Provide
He gave his children an allowance.

Vs.

He offered his children an allowance.
He provided his children with an allowance.

HaveOwn / Possess
She has many houses.

Vs.

She owns many houses.
She possesses many houses.

KnowComprehend / Understand
Mr. Luis knows the law.

Vs.

Mr. Luis comprehends the law.
Mr. Luis understands the law.

LookExamine
I looked at the pictures.

Vs.

I examined the pictures.

MakeCreate 
He made significant changes within the company.

Vs.

He created significant changes within the company.

NeedRequire
I need additional resources to achieve my goal.

Vs.

I require additional resources to achieve my goal. 

PutPlace
This has put much strain on the organization.

Vs.

This has placed much strain on the organization.

SayClaim
She said they are having financial difficulties.

Vs.

She claimed they are having financial difficulties.

ShowIllustrate / Reveal
This shows how far the nation has fallen.

Vs.

This illustrates how far the nation has fallen.
This reveals how far the nation has fallen.

StartArise / Begin / Develop
When did the problem start?

Vs.

When did the problem arise?
When did the problem begin?
When did the problem develop?

TalkDiscuss
We need to talk about our plans for next year.

Vs.

We need to discuss our plans for next year.

TryAttempt
The doctor tried to save the patient.

Vs.

The doctor attempted to save the patient. 

UseEmploy / Utilize
We need to use additional resources.

Vs.

We need to employ additional resources.
We need to utilize additional resources.

WantDesire / Long for
It is normal to want companionship. 

Vs.

It is normal to desire companionship.
It is normal to long for companionship.

Adverbs

A Woman Whose Nose Is Growing as She Lies

She is certainly not telling the truth.

AfterwardSubsequently
The company went bankrupt and notified the public afterward.

Vs.

The company went bankrupt and notified the public subsequently

AlsoMoreover
Also, she has never been married.

Vs.

Moreover, she has never been married.

CarefullyTediously
The bookkeeper carefully recorded the numbers.

Vs.

The bookkeeper tediously recorded the numbers.

DefinitelyCertainly
She is definitely not telling the truth.

Vs.

She is certainly not telling the truth.

ExactlyPrecisely
Please arrive at exactly four o’clock.

Vs.

Please arrive at precisely four o’clock.

MainlyLargely
It was mainly a matter of patience.

Vs.

It was largely a matter of patience.

OnlyMerely
She was only fifteen.

Vs.

She was merely fifteen.

On purposeDeliberately
The bank misled their customers on purpose.

Vs.

The bank misled their customers deliberately.

QuicklyPromptly
Please respond to this email quickly.

Vs.

Please respond to this email promptly

ReallyQuite
She was really inconsiderate.

Vs.

She was quite inconsiderate.

SoTherefore / Thus
He left the company, so we must find a replacement.

Vs.

He left the company, therefore we must find a replacement.
He left the company, thus we must find a replacement.

TooOverly
The new trainee was too optimistic.

Vs.

The new trainee was overly optimistic.

Adjectives

An Angry Man with Hands Over His Head

He was upset at the outcome.

AngryUpset
He was angry at the outcome.

Vs.

He was upset at the outcome.

BeautifulAttractive / Lovely
The interior decorating was beautiful.

Vs.

The interior decorating was attractive.
The interior decorating was lovely.

BigEnormous / Large / Significant
The event had a big impact on the future.

Vs.

The event had an enormous impact on the future.
The event had a large impact on the future.
The event had a significant impact on the future.

CheapAffordable / Budget-friendly
The desk was cheap.

Vs. 

The desk was affordable.
The desk was budget-friendly.

GoodBeneficial 
The result was good for everyone.

Vs.

The result was beneficial for everyone. 

HappyEcstatic / Glad 
He was happy about his promotion.

Vs.

He was ecstatic about his promotion.
He was glad about his promotion.

InterestingFascinating / Noteworthy
Here are some interesting facts.

Vs.

Here are some fascinating facts.
Here are some noteworthy facts.

PoliteAmiable / Well-mannered
The interviewer was very polite.

Vs.

The interviewer was very amiable.
The interviewer was very well-mannered.

PoorLess fortunate / Proletariat*
We should help the poor in our society.

Vs.

We should help the less fortunate in our society.

*Proletariat is a term from Marxist theory that refers to the poor working class. 

RichWealthy / Bourgeoisie*
The rich should give to the poor. 

Vs.

The wealthy should give to the poor. 

*Bourgeoisie is a term from Marxist theory that refers to members of society who control the means of production to serve their own interests.

SadDepressed / Mournful / Sorrowful
She was sad after her mother passed away.

Vs.

She was depressed after her mother passed away.
She was mournful after her mother passed away.
She was sorrowful after her mother passed away.

SmallPetite / Tiny
The dog was small

Vs.

The dog was petite.
The dog was tiny.

UglyUnappealing / Unattractive
The dress was ugly.

Vs.

The dress was unappealing.
The dress was unattractive

Conjunctions

A Green Apple and An Orange

I like both apples and oranges.

AndBoth… and…
I like apples and oranges.

Vs.

I like both apples and oranges.

OrEither… or…
I want pizza or Chinese food

Vs.

I want either pizza or Chinese food.

NorNeither… nor…
I do not like pineapple nor water chestnuts

Vs.

I like neither pineapple nor water chestnuts.

Prepositions

AboutConcerning / Regarding
May we have a talk about your son?

Vs.

May we have a talk concerning your son?
May we have a talk regarding your son?

ByNear
He lives by my house.

Vs.

He lives near my house.

In spite ofNotwithstanding
In spite of the snow, the school opened at its normal time.

Vs.

Notwithstanding the snow, the school opened at its normal time.

FromVia
He got cash from the ATM.

Vs.

He got cash via the ATM.

6. Conclusion

A Woman Raising Her Arms in Victory Atop a Mountain

Remember that your English learning journey is one with no definite end point—you can progress and learn as much as you want, and each achievement will feel like a major victory! We hope this article gave you some new vocabulary goals to work toward and has helped you take another step toward your life goals. 

Did you know any of these words already, or were they all new to you? As always, feel free to drop us a comment with any questions or concerns you have regarding the advanced English words we covered. 

Whatever direction your studies are taking, know that you can count on EnglishClass101 to provide you with fun, detailed lessons on every aspect of the English language. Speaking of, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming article series on beginner, intermediate, and advanced English phrases. 😉 In the meantime, you can also explore our advanced English course library and scope out the best lesson pathway for your studies. 

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