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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. cleverness; magnificence
cleverness; magnificence

brim: Read
n. Syn. brink; edge
brink; edge

brook: Read
n. Syn. creek; stream
creek; stream

buzz: Read
n.
confusion of activity and gossip; sound of rapid vibration

bypass: Read
n.
channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture; conductor having low resistance in parallel

calculate: Read
v. Syn. compute; determine; estimate
compute; determine; estimate

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Words of List 3 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
iceberg
identify
ideological
illumination
illusive
imagery
impediment
impending
import
impose
impracticality
imprisonment
improvise
impulse
incidentally
incise
incorporate
incorporation
incredulous
incur
indenture
indigestion
indignant
individualism
inducible
industrialization
industrious
infancy
infectious
infer
inflation
influenza
informal
infusion
ingenious
inheritance
initiate
injury
innumerable
insistence
instinctively
institute
institutionalize
intellect
intelligence
intentionally
interaction
interactive
interest
intersect
interstellar
intimacy
intricate
intrigue
intriguing
invariably
inventory
invertebrate
inviting
ion
irregular
jellyfish
jewelry
judgement
jumble
junction
jurisdiction
jury
justify
juxtaposition
keen
kernel
keyboard
knapsack
laborious
lace
lag
lampshade
landmass
lateral
launch
league
legume
leisure
lethal
lettuce
liable
libel
lift
limb
lineage
linger
lively
livestock
load
lobby
lobster
locomote
lodging
longitude
loom
loop
lull
lure
magic
magical
magnesium
magnetic
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accomplishment  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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achievement; fulfillment
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calculation
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a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
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blame; condemn
adolescent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
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a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
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an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
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assessment; evaluation; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
alloy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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conduct; manner
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act of constructing or building something
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
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advise; suggest
appraisal  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assessment; evaluation; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
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act of burning something
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an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
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destroy metal or alloy gradually, especially by chemical action; be eaten or worn away
bleak  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
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climb; mount
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inherited or inheritable by established rules
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act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
bronze  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
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classify; sort
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an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements
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conservative; careful
categorize  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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destroy metal or alloy gradually, especially by chemical action; be eaten or worn away
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classify; sort
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acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands
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assemble; convene; gather
cautious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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decay; erosion
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conservative; careful
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climb; mount
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
codify  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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arrange laws, rules as a code; classify; arrange or systematize
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be present at; go to; take care of; tend
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agent which brings about chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
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act of burning something
collective  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
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assemble; convene; gather
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classify; sort
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an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
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v. Syn. applaud
applaud; announce with great approval


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v. Syn. adapt; regulate
adapt; regulate


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a. Syn. considerable; perceptible
considerable; perceptible


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n. Syn. preference; affection
a bond, as of affection or loyalty; fond regard; supplementary part; accessory


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n. Syn. equilibrium; symmetry; stability
being in equilibrium; equilibrium; symmetry; stability


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n. Syn. welfare; gain
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain


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v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate


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n.
channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture; conductor having low resistance in parallel


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v. Syn. cut; hew
hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax


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v. Syn. combine; constitute
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase


Spelling Word: compound