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Output – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the Academic Word List is



While this is both a noun and a verb, it is mostly used as a noun.

The noun can be used both countably and uncountably. It is generally used in the singular.

We can see that agricultural output rose by a quarter in the last decade.

There has been a significant rise in the output of greenhouse gases due to this industrialisation.

Some common collocations

This is a selection of some of the more useful words that output is used with. Pay attention to the examples.

Rise and fall words

You should note that you need to be careful with prepositions here. You should also note that there is a wide choice of both nouns and verbs,

Output rose by 25%.

Output fell to a new low by the end of the year.

This growth in agricultural output was matched by an increase in industrial productivity.

Other useful verbs

It may be necessary to reduce/cut output in the coming years.

One problem is that it is difficult to monitor/measure agricultural output in some parts of the world.

Types of output and some useful adjectives

You will see from the examples above that two common forms of output are agricultural and industrial. A slightly less common collocation is literary output.

It can help to define the type of output to make your writing look more academic. Here are some possible ways to do this:


Computer language

If you are an IT person, you are probably aware that output can be used as a more technical term. It also is closely linked to the word input.


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3 Responses to Output – IELTS word of the day

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