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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.


cavern: Read
n. Syn. cave
cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave

cell: Read
n.
any small compartment

chamber: Read
n. Syn. cell; compartment; room
cell; compartment; room

charitable: Read
a. Syn. benevolent; kind; humane
benevolent; kind; humane

chef: Read
n.
a professional cook

chilly: Read
a. Syn. cold
cold

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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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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
acquisition  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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arousing or provoking laughter
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a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
Exercise
act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
addict  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
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cause someone to become dependent; indulge in; be devoted to
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act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
antique  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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bothersome; troublesome; irritating
Exercise
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
Exercise
a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
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brevity; terseness and economy in writing and speaking
appreciate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cause someone to become dependent; indulge in; be devoted to
Exercise
be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
Exercise
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
Exercise
narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge
aspiring  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
ambitious; enthusiastic
Exercise
of or relating to chemical substance that kills microorganisms and cures infections
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chief; serving as an essential component
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attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
blush  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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declare or state with confidence; put oneself forward boldly
Exercise
a physicist who studies astronomy
Exercise
capable; adept
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become rosy or reddish; turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
cardinal  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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chief; serving as an essential component
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
Exercise
any small compartment
Exercise
cool; freeze
cell  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
declare or state with confidence; put oneself forward boldly
Exercise
congest; jam
Exercise
appealing; pleasing; inviting; tempting
Exercise
any small compartment
chef  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
Exercise
additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
Exercise
culture
Exercise
a professional cook
combine  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
cool; freeze
Exercise
a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
Exercise
certain, sure
Exercise
blend; fuse; merge
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n. Syn. approach
approach; entry; entrance


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n. Syn. addition; supplement
addition; supplement


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


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n.
a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success


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v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression


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a. Syn. contagious; charming; attractive
act of seizing or taking hold of; captivating; alluring


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v. Syn. tranquilize; soothe
be moist or glutinous; stick or adhere; produce or cause to clang


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a. Syn. awkward; inept
awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude


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v.
breakdown; failure


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n.
applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required


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