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500 IELTS Vocabulary (AWL,HK Univ.) 1

The 500 IELTS AWL(Academic Word List) was rooted from a popular webpage of HONG KONG Univ. We re-organize it with new definitions and examples. In addition original Chinese explanation, more local language explanations are appended to help ESL test takers. This list is a proven short-cut to pass IELTS exam when your preparation is in a very narrow timeframe. In general, we suggest having at least 5000 IELTS vocabulary list before taking the academic test. These 500 words cannot replace hardworking of 5000 IELTS vocabulary, but is a short-cut to open the door of building words efficiently. At first, this is a high frequent word list in IELTS test paper. And it helps you to learn new word by native language definition. Last but not least, each word is demonstrated with sentence, which plays a key part to let students understand and use new word. If your test day is coming, don’t miss this list. These IELTS words and sentences will change your reading and writing test in very soon.


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compatible: Read
/kəm'pætɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. harmonious
harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
They were compatible neighbors, never quarreling over unimportant matters.

compensate: Read
/'kɒmpɛnseɪt/ v. Syn. make up; reimburse
make amends for; reimburse
He said improved trade would compensate for the jobs lost to competition from India's world beating out-sourcing and computer software industries.

compile: Read
/kəm'paɪl/ v. Syn. assemble; gather; accumulate
put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
We planned to compile a list of the words most frequently used on these examinations.

complement: Read
/'kɒmpləmənt/ v. Syn. complete; consummate
complete; consummate; make perfect
The waiter recommended a glass of port to complement the cheese.

complex: Read
/'kɒmplɛks/ a. Syn. intricate; compound
complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
Prescott's speech comes as ministers from around the world struggle to overcome complex arguments about how the Kyoto agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions should work.

component: Read
/kəm'poʊnənt/ n. Syn. element; ingredient
element; ingredient; abstract part of something
I wish this component like all others of my stereo system is working at the same time.

compound: Read
/kɒm'paʊnd/ v. Syn. combine; constitute
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
The makers compound the ingredients by design.

comprehensive: Read
/kɒmprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a. Syn. thorough; inclusive
thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
Mr. Skubel has since completed what he describes as a comprehensive two-week training program and is now setting up his franchise in his hometown.

comprise: Read
/kəm'praɪz/ v. Syn. include
include; consist of; be composed of
If the District of Columbia were to be granted statehood, the United States of America would comprise fifty-one states, not just fifty.

compute: Read
/kəm'pju:t/ v. Syn. reckon; calculate
reckon; make mathematical calculation
He failed to compute the interest, so his bank balance was not accurate.

conceive: Read
/kən'si:v/ v. Syn. design; consider
form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
I asked was it a mere nervous impression--a delusion? I could not conceive or believe: it was more like an inspiration.

concentrate: Read
/'kɒnsəntreɪt/ v.
bring to or direct toward a common center; unite more closely; gather into one body
I was now able to concentrate my attention on the group by the fire.

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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
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approach; entry; entrance
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estimate value; judge worth of something
adult  Read
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replace or enhance human labor with machines
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
aid  Read
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person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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reckon; make mathematical calculation
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approach; entry; entrance
allocate  Read
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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assign; distribute according to plan
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put together; bring or call together into a group or whole
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
alternative  Read
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
analogy  Read
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goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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approach; entry; entrance
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
annual  Read
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occurring or payable every year
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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
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capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
anticipate  Read
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
area  Read
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plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
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quote; adduce as an instance
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combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
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even though; although; notwithstanding
bias  Read
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access; method
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
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preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
 500 IELTS Vocabulary - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
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/ə'proʊprɪət/ v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
The ranch owners [___] the lands that have originally been set aside for the Indians' use.


Spelling Word: appropriate
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/ə'prɒksɪmət/ v. Syn. approach
approach; come near
The conclusions of yours both [___] to the truth.


Spelling Word: approximate
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/'ætɪtju:d/;/'ætɪtud/ n.
posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
One of the major reasons for this change in [___] is that there's more money around.


Spelling Word: attitude
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/ɔ:'θɒrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. jurisdiction; power
jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
The laws will reinforce Australia's [___] to turn boats away from Australia.


Spelling Word: authority
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/ə'wɛə(r)/ a.
knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
BPA, as you're likely [___], is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, and water bottles.


Spelling Word: aware
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/bɪ'hɑrf/ n. Syn. represent
represent; advantage, benefit, interest of someone
And I'm going to work to assure that that voice that is heard on their [___] is a roar and not a whisper.


Spelling Word: behalf
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/si:s/ v. Syn. stop; terminate
stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
We must not only [___] from the acts of sin, but we must get the vicious habits and inclinations weakened and destroyed.


Spelling Word: cease
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/'sɜrkəmstəns/ n. Syn. situation; condition
situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Her heart is broken, but then a change in [___] forces them to be together every day.


Spelling Word: circumstance
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/'klæsɪk/ n.
work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; creation of the highest excellence
His face was like a Greek face, very pure in outline: quite a straight, [___] nose; quite an Athenian mouth and chin.


Spelling Word: classic
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/koʊ'hɪərənt/ a. Syn. adhesive; cohesive
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
If the EU is to form any kind of [___] common foreign policy, it needs France and Britain singing from the same song sheet.


Spelling Word: coherent