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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.


armory   Speak
n. Syn. arsenal
arsenal; a place where arms are manufactured
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bandmaster   Speak
n.
conductor of a band
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constellation   Speak
n. Syn. gathering; cluster
a number of stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
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corps   Speak
n.
an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions; a body of people associated together
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crosscut   Speak
a.
a diagonal path; a route shorter than the usual one
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curious   Speak
a. Syn. inquisitive
difficult to please or satisfy; careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry
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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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ancestral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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basic, center, or most important part; essence
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attendant; concomitant
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controvertible; disputable
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inherited or inheritable by established rules
antique  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
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a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
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colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
appealing  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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complication
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attractive; charming
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cutting away parts to create a desired shape
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congest; jam
awkward  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
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difficult to handle or manage
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narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge
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break into simpler molecules by means of heat; split; hit forcefully; pass through
blame  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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cutting away parts to create a desired shape
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condemn; rebuke; find fault with; censure
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any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
board  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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building that houses judicial courts
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colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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an increase in the density of something
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a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
caterpillar  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
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congest; jam
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a stick of black carbon material used for drawing; a very dark gray color
celebrity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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associate; join
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achievement; fulfillment
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a widely known person
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a stick of black carbon material used for drawing; a very dark gray color
chef  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
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a professional cook
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complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease
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cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated
collective  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
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concerning; simultaneous
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ally; form a group or unite
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adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
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v. Syn. monopolize; receive
assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; occupy full attention


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n. Syn. adjunct; appendage
additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item


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n. Syn. report; description
narrative or record of events; reason given for a particular action or event


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v. Syn. accept
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family


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n. Syn. confederate; partner; collaborator
confederate; partner; collaborator


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v. Syn. intensify; increase
broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase


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n. Syn. dissection
detailed analysis; branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals


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n. Syn. sideline; hobby
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment


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n.
a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely


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n. Syn. creek; stream
creek; stream


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