family noun

1 group of people related to each other


large | old, old-established | land-owning, wealthy, well-to-do | hard-up, low-income, poor
tax incentives for low-income families
| homeless | close, close-knit
We are a very close-knit family and support each other through any crises.
| immediate
We’ve only told the immediate family (= the closest relations).
| conjugal, nuclear
the nuclear family of parents and children
| extended
maintaining contact with members of his extended family
| lone-parent, one-parent, single-parent
the difficulties faced by one-parent families
| two-parent | adoptive
helping emotionally damaged children to find placements with adoptive families
| patriarchal | middle-class, working-class, etc. | royal | bereaved
a counselling agency to help bereaved families


belong to, be one/part of, come from
He belonged to an old-established family. We all knew her so well that we felt she was almost part of the family. Many of our students come from poor families.
| marry into
She married into a wealthy family.
| run in
a medical condition which runs in the family
| be in
This painting has been in our family for generations.


background, history
Do you know anything about her family background? a family history of heart disease
| connections, relationships, ties
They prefer to stay in their home country because of family ties.
| member | life | business | home | commitments
The job wouldn’t really fit in with my family commitments.
| income | doctor | holiday | feud | heirloom | motto | name | planning
(= surname) (= controlling the number of children you have by using contraception)


in a/the ~
These problems occur in all families.
| within a/the ~
creating conflict within the family


family and friends
The support of family and friends is vital.
| a member of a family

2 children


large, small | young
parents with young families


I always wanted to have a large family.
| start
They got married last year and plan to start a family (= have children) soon.
| bring up, raise
struggling to bring up a family on a low income
| feed, support
It is difficult for them to earn enough to feed their families.


Average family size has decreased since the Victorian era.
| man
a good family man, completely devoted to his wife and kids






What is a collocation?

A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations (for example collocations with “family”) just sound “right” to native English speakers, who use them all the time. On the other hand, other combinations of “family” may be unnatural and just sound “wrong”.

Using collocations list of “family” improves your English, especially your English speaking skills, and increases your vocabulary words in English.


Why learn collocations with “family”?

  • When using collocations with “family”, Your language will be more natural and more easily understood.
  • You will have alternative and richer ways of expressing yourself.
  • It is easier for our brains to remember and use language in chunks or blocks such as Common Collocations with “family” rather than as single words (family | Definitions, Meanings, Synonyms and Antonyms of “family”)

How to learn collocations with “family”?

  • Be aware of collocations with family , and try to recognize them when you see or hear them.
  • Treat collocations  as single blocks of language. Think of them as individual blocks or chunks, and learn strongly support, not strongly + support.
  • When you learn a new word  (e.g. family | Definitions, Meanings, Synonyms and Antonyms of “family”), write down other words that collocate with it.
  • Read as much as possible. Reading is an excellent way to learn vocabulary and collocations of  “family” in context and naturally.
  • Revise what you learn regularly. Practice using new collocations with “family” in context as soon as possible after learning them.
  • Learn collocations with “family” in groups that work for you. You could learn them by topic (time, number, weather, money, family) or by a particular word (take action, take a chance, take an exam).


Types of collocation with “family”

There are several different types of collocation made from combinations of verb, noun, adjective etc. Some of the most common types are:

  • adverb + adjective: completely satisfied (NOT downright satisfied)
  • adjective + noun: excruciating pain (NOT excruciating joy)
  • noun + noun: a surge of anger (NOT a rush of anger)
  • noun + verb: lions roar (NOT lions shout)
  • verb + noun: commit suicide (NOT undertake suicide)
  • verb + expression with preposition: burst into tears (NOT blow up in tears)
  • verb + adverb: wave frantically (NOT wave feverishly)


Using Collocations of family to Boost Your IELTS Score

The correct use of collocations of “family” is an essential part of improving your English level and boosting your IELTS score. Using collocations + “family” sentence examples correctly allows you to write and speak more like a native speaker and they are also one of the things that examiners look out for when marking your tests.