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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.


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

caterpillar: Read
n.
a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth

caution: Read
n. Syn. care
care; being attentive to possible danger

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

Vocabulary List - View all words by list        
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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
ability  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
inherited or inheritable by established rules
Exercise
be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
Exercise
act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable
Exercise
capacity; skill
abolish  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
Exercise
curator; guardian
Exercise
chief; serving as an essential component
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cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
alloy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
contestant you hope to defeat
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
Exercise
addition; supplement
Exercise
curator; guardian
appealing  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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complication
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curator; guardian
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amazed; surprised
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attractive; charming
aspiration  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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applaud; slap; strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another
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ambition; longing
Exercise
accompanying
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addition; supplement
assess  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
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bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
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beverage made from juice pressed from apples
Exercise
estimate value; judge worth of something
assessment  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
cut; sculpt
Exercise
act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable
Exercise
cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
Exercise
curator; guardian
available  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
capacity; skill
Exercise
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Exercise
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
Exercise
change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
basin  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
Exercise
combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
Exercise
beginning; forming of an idea; act of conceiving
Exercise
estimate value; judge worth of something
betray  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
beverage made from juice pressed from apples
Exercise
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Exercise
hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
Exercise
be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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v. Syn. cancel; annul
cancel; put an end to; destroy completely


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v. Syn. stun; astonish; shock
astonish; affect with wonder


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a. Syn. hard; strenuous
demanding great effort or labor; difficult


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v. Syn. gain
achieve or accomplish; gain


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n. Syn. clump; cluster; gathering
clump; cluster; gathering


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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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a. Syn. adhesive; cohesive
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner


Spelling Word: coherent
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n. Syn. complexity; intricacy
complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease


Spelling Word: complication
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v. Syn. combine; constitute
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase


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n. Syn. calculation
calculation


Spelling Word: computation