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Words for Basic IELTS - Lesson 12

Here you will learn some English words about sports, such as "basketball", "rugby", "kick", etc. that are needed for the IELTS exam.

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Words for Basic IELTS
American football
[noun]
a sport played by two teams of 11 players who carry, throw, or kick an oval ball on a rectangular field
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baseball
[noun]
a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of 9 players who try to hit the ball and then run around four bases before the other team can return the ball
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basketball
[noun]
a type of sport where two teams, with often five players each, try to throw a ball through a net that is hanging from a ring and gain points
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to catch
[verb]
to stop and hold an object that is moving through the air by hands
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fan
[noun]
someone who has a strong admiration or interest for someone or something; a person who admires someone or something
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field
[noun]
a piece of land used for playing a game or sport on
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hockey
[noun]
a game played by two teams of eleven players on grass or a field, using long sticks to put a hard ball in the opposite team's goal
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to kick
[verb]
to hit or strike with the foot, usually the ball in sports such as soccer
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to score
[verb]
to gain a point, goal, etc. in a game, competition, or sport
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table tennis
[noun]
a game played on a table by two or four players who bounce a small ball on the table over a net using special rackets
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court
[noun]
an area where people can play basketball, tennis, etc.
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half-time
[noun]
a short break between two halves of a game or match
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qualification
[noun]
a skill or personal quality that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity
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rugby
[noun]
a game played by two teams of thirteen or fifteen players, who kick or carry an oval ball over the other team’s line to score points
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racket
[noun]
an object with a handle, an oval frame and a tightly fixed net, used for hitting the ball in sports such as badminton, tennis, etc.
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to attack
[verb]
(in sports) to go forward and make an attempt to score a goal or point against an opponent
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referee
[noun]
an official who is in charge of a game, making sure the rules are obeyed by the players
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defense
[noun]
(in sports) the players who try to not allow the opposing team to score; the position or role of these players on the field
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helmet
[noun]
a hard hat worn by soldiers, bikers, etc. for protection
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pitch
[noun]
a flat ground prepared and marked for playing particular sports, such as soccer
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to shoot
[verb]
to try to score points in a ball game by kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball
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area
[noun]
a part of a space or structure that is used for a specific purpose
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base
[noun]
(baseball) any of the four stations that the runner must reach to score a run
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batter
[noun]
(in baseball) the player who tries to hit the ball with a bat
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bowler
[noun]
(cricket) a player who throws the ball to the batsman
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to defend
[verb]
(in sports) to prevent an opponent from scoring a goal or point
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foul
[noun]
an act in a sport that is against the rules and is not allowed
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penalty
[noun]
(in games and sports) a disadvantage that a team or player is given for violating a rule
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umpire
[noun]
an official who is in charge of a game and makes sure players obey the rules in sports such as tennis, baseball, and cricket
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to tackle
[verb]
to try to take the ball from the players of the other team, usually by forcing them down, in sports such as football or rugby
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