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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.


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n. Syn. evaluation; judgment
act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable

assuredly: Read
ad. Syn. certainly; undoubtedly
certainly; undoubtedly

astound: Read
v. Syn. surprise; shock
affect with wonder; surprise; shock

astronomy: Read
n.
branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and universe as a whole

atom: Read
n.
a tiny piece of anything; the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element

attain: Read
v. Syn. gain
achieve or accomplish; gain

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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
accomplishment  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
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achievement; fulfillment
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
agitation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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brief and compact; expressing much in few words
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awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
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anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
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attractive; charming
appoint  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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component or part; citizen, voter
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designate; nominate
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any of several large shaggy-manned humped bovid having large heads and short horns
Exercise
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
aspiring  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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background; setting
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detailed analysis; branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
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area of theater or concert hall where audience sits
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ambitious; enthusiastic
avocation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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achievement; fulfillment
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a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
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controvertible; disputable
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activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
bicameral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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break into simpler molecules by means of heat; split; hit forcefully; pass through
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applaud; announce with great approval
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a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
boon  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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brilliant burst of fire; destructive fire; flame
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devour; eat
clap  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
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applaud; slap; strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another
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brief and compact; expressing much in few words
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closely and firmly united or packed together; briefly giving gist of something
clumsy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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attractive; charming
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any of several large shaggy-manned humped bovid having large heads and short horns
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awake; alert
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awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
cohesive  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated
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background; setting
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basic, center, or most important part; essence
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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v. Syn. accept
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family


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n. Syn. clothing; dress
clothing; dress


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v.
cause to become financially ruin; ruin


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n. Syn. embarrassment; disappointment
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment


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a. Syn. cold
cold


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v. Syn. asphyxiate; suffocate
breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; reduce the air supply


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n.
colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech


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v. Syn. squeeze; contract
close; squeeze or press together; contract


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a. Syn. compact
compact


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n. Syn. conflux; throng
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet


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