IELTS Vocabulary List – N

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  1. nameless adj. Having no fame or reputation.
  2. naphtha n. A light, colorless, volatile, inflammable oil used as a solvent, as in manufacture of paints.
  3. Narcissus n. The son of the Athenian river-god Cephisus, fabled to have fallen in love with his reflection.
  4. narrate v. To tell a story.
  5. narration n. The act of recounting the particulars of an event in the order of time or occurrence.
  6. narrative n. An orderly continuous account of the successive particulars of an event.
  7. narrator n. One who narrates anything.
  8. narrow-minded adj. Characterized by illiberal views or sentiments.
  9. nasal adj. Pertaining to the nose.
  10. natal adj. Pertaining to one’s birth.
  11. nationality n. A connection with a particular nation.
  12. naturally adv. According to the usual order of things.
  13. nausea n. An affection of the stomach producing dizziness and usually an impulse to vomit
  14. nauseate v. To cause to loathe.
  15. nauseous adj. Loathsome.
  16. nautical adj. Pertaining to ships, seamen, or navigation.
  17. naval adj. Pertaining to ships.
  18. navel n. The depression on the abdomen where the umbilical cord of the fetus was attached.
  19. navigable adj. Capable of commercial navigation.
  20. navigate v. To traverse by ship.
  21. nebula n. A gaseous body of unorganized stellar substance.
  22. necessary adj. Indispensably requisite or absolutely needed to accomplish a desired result.
  23. necessitate v. To render indispensable.
  24. necessity n. That which is indispensably requisite to an end desired.
  25. necrology n. A list of persons who have died in a certain place or time.
  26. necromancer n. One who practices the art of foretelling the future by means of communication with the dead.
  27. necropolis n. A city of the dead.
  28. necrosis n. the death of part of the body.
  29. nectar n. Any especially sweet and delicious drink.
  30. nectarine n. A variety of the peach.
  31. needlework n. Embroidery.
  32. needy adj. Being in need, want, or poverty.
  33. nefarious adj. Wicked in the extreme.
  34. negate v. To deny.
  35. negation n. The act of denying or of asserting the falsity of a proposition.
  36. neglectful adj. Exhibiting or indicating omission.
  37. negligee n. A loose gown worn by women.
  38. negligence n. Omission of that which ought to be done.
  39. negligent adj. Apt to omit what ought to be done.
  40. negligible adj. Transferable by assignment, endorsement, or delivery.
  41. negotiable v. To bargain with others for an agreement, as for a treaty or transfer of property.
  42. Nemesis n. A goddess; divinity of chastisement and vengeance.
  43. neocracy n. Government administered by new or untried persons.
  44. neo-Darwinsim n. Darwinism as modified and extended by more recent students.
  45. neo-Latin n. Modernized Latin.
  46. neopaganism n. A new or revived paganism.
  47. Neolithic adj. Pertaining to the later stone age.
  48. neology n. The coining or using of new words or new meanings of words.
  49. neophyte adj. Having the character of a beginner.
  50. nestle v. To adjust cozily in snug quarters.
  51. nestling adj. Recently hatched.
  52. nettle v. To excite sensations of uneasiness or displeasure in.
  53. network n. Anything that presents a system of cross- lines.
  54. neural adj. Pertaining to the nerves or nervous system.
  55. neurology n. The science of the nervous system.
  56. neuter adj. Neither masculine nor feminine.
  57. neutral adj. Belonging to or under control of neither of two contestants.
  58. nevertheless conj. Notwithstanding.
  59. Newtonian adj. Of or pertaining to Sir Isaac Newton, the English philosopher.
  60. niggardly adj. Stingy. (no longer acceptable to use)
  61. nihilist n. An advocate of the doctrine that nothing either exists or can be known.
  62. nil n. Nothing
  63. nimble adj. Light and quick in motion or action.
  64. nit n. The egg of a louse or some other insect.
  65. nocturnal adj. Of or pertaining to the night.
  66. noiseless adj. Silent.
  67. noisome adj. Very offensive, particularly to the sense of smell.
  68. noisy adj. Clamorous.
  69. nomad adj. Having no fixed abode.
  70. nomic adj. Usual or customary.
  71. nominal adj. Trivial.
  72. nominate v. To designate as a candidate for any office.
  73. nomination n. The act or ceremony of naming a man or woman for office.
  74. nominee n. One who receives a nomination.
  75. non-existent n. That which does not exist.
  76. non-resident adj. Not residing within a given jurisdiction.
  77. nonchalance n. A state of mind indicating lack of interest.
  78. non-combatant n. One attached to the army or navy, but having duties other than that of fighting.
  79. nondescript adj. Indescribable.
  80. nonentity n. A person or thing of little or no account.
  81. nonpareil n. One who or that which is of unequaled excellence.
  82. norm n. A model.
  83. normalcy n. The state of being normal.
  84. Norman adj. Of or peculiar to Normandy, in northern France.
  85. nostrum n. Any scheme or recipe of a charlatan character.
  86. noticeable adj. Perceptible.
  87. notorious adj. Unfavorably known to the general public.
  88. novellette n. A short novel.
  89. novice n. A beginner in any business or occupation.
  90. nowadays adv. In the present time or age.
  91. nowhere adv. In no place or state.
  92. noxious adj. Hurtful.
  93. nuance n. A slight degree of difference in anything perceptible to the sense of the mind.
  94. nucleus n. A central point or part about which matter is aggregated.
  95. nude adj. Naked.
  96. nugatory adj. Having no power or force.
  97. nuisance n. That which annoys, vexes, or irritates.
  98. numeration n. The act or art of reading or naming numbers.
  99. numerical adj. Of or pertaining to number.
  100. nunnery n. A convent for nuns.
  101. nuptial adj. Of or pertaining to marriage, especially to the marriage ceremony.
  102. nurture n. The process of fostering or promoting growth.
  103. nutriment n. That which nourishes.
  104. nutritive adj. Having nutritious properties.

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