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ACT Vocabulary for ESL Students

Globalization leads USA universities are accepting more and more foreign students. ACT test is one option for them to apply for admission. For ESL (English as Second Language) students, ACT test is much more difficult than for USA high school students. They will face tougher contents and challenge harder preparation, so they need more resources.

Students have many tasks to prepare ACT test. In general, building vocabulary is the top one, because vocabulary is the foundation of all English-related test sections, like reading and writing. Most of ACT test takers have to spend much time to learn new words and review known words. It isn't an easy job for them. As for ESL students, it becomes much heavier.

In addition to normal ACT vocabularies, ESL students have to learn some extra words. Because ESL students live in non-English language circumstances; their English skills completely come from various textbooks. For example, 'basement' is a very common word in America, but foreign students may didn't hear this word yet. If they prepare ACT by normal vocabularies, more or less some common words will be missed.

ESL ACT Vocabulary is compiled for non-English speakers to cover the gap. Basically, words in this list aren't very difficult, but they are likely used on ACT test papers and confuse the foreign test takers. These words are usually ignored by mainstream ACT vocabularies because of simple or common. To help ESL students study by mother language, this list includes definitions in 20 languages.

Last but not least, ESL students are supposed to choose a common vocabulary, like 3500 ACT Vocabulary, as the base to build own ACT vocabulary. This list, ESL ACT Vocabulary, is only an additional list to fix vocabulary leak of ESL students.

3500 ACT Vocabulary

Some students are looking for ACT vocabulary ebook, but we didn't publish ebook of this vocabulary. Two SAT vocabulary ebooks may be considered instead:

SAT 1200 Words in 30 Days (basic level)
Available at:
Apple iBook, Google Books, Amazon Kindle, and others...

SAT 4000 Words (basic,middle, and high level)
Available at:
Amazon Kindle -USA, and others...

Building ACT vocabulary is a tough task, especially for ESL students. Set your goal and choose your way both aren't easy job, you should get authoritative information as more as possible. ACT Official Website is a right place to help you out.


antedate: Read
v.
be earlier in time; go back further

antibiotic: Read
a. Syn. antibacterial
of or relating to chemical substance that kills microorganisms and cures infections

antique: Read
n. Syn. relic; curio
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion

appeal: Read
n. Syn. attraction; charm
attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge

appetite: Read
n. Syn. desire
instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink

applicant: Read
n. Syn. candidate
candidate

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Words of List 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
daisy
daring
dazzling
debtor
decay
deception
deck
declaration
decline
decompose
decomposition
decorate
decoration
defect
defer
definition
deform
deformation
delay
delectable
delegate
deliberate
delta
democracy
demolition
denomination
denounce
dent
dentist
dentistry
departure
deplete
depositor
depot
depreciation
deprive
derivative
descent
desert
deserve
desire
despoil
dessert
destine
destructive
detectable
detergent
deteriorate
detrimental
devastating
devastation
devious
devoid
devote
devour
diagnose
dialogue
dietary
dietitian
diffusion
digest
diligent
diligently
dime
dinosaur
dioxide
disapproval
disaster
discern
discharge
disconnect
discontent
discourage
discouraging
dismay
dismember
dispatch
displacement
dispute
dissimilar
distinct
distinctly
distinguish
distribution
divergence
divergent
diverse
diversion
division
documentation
dogged
dogma
domesticate
dormitory
doubt
downtown
draw
drawer
drawing
drill
dwarf
dweller
dye
dynamics
eager
earthenware
eccentric
eclectic
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
affliction  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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demanding great effort or labor; difficult
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brightly; radiantly
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cause or condition of pain, suffering, or distress
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book of literary selections by various authors
ally  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
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border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
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confederate; partner; collaborator
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breaking of contract or duty
analogous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
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being or characterized by concepts or their formation
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comparable; similar or alike
anthology  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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building that houses judicial courts
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calculation
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being or characterized by concepts or their formation
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book of literary selections by various authors
applaud  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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comparable; similar or alike
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acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands
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cause or condition of pain, suffering, or distress
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creek; stream
attendance  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate
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be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
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chat; talk informally; engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts
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act of being present
basin  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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brightly; radiantly
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a tiny piece of anything; the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
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bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
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curving outward; having surface that bulges outward, as the exterior of sphere
bold  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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approach; tend to meet; come together
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composition for orchestra and a soloist
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brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
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creek; stream
breach  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely
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brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
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capacity; skill
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breaking of contract or duty
brilliantly  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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appeal; a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
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brightly; radiantly
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composition for orchestra and a soloist
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a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely
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n. Syn. clay; brick
clay; brick ;sun-dried brick; structure built with this type of brick


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a. Syn. apart; distant
apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote


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v. Syn. expect; predict
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict


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v.
deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate


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v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression


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n.
a widely known person


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n.
act of showing regard for others; courteous behavior; politeness; citizenship


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n.
coins collectively


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v.
bump; hit; conflict


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a. Syn. flammable; burnable; inflammable
capable of igniting and burning; easily aroused or excited


Spelling Word: combustible