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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.


bluff: Read
a.
direct and outspoken but good-natured

board: Read
n. Syn. lumber; plank
a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose

bonanza: Read
n. Syn. boom
boom; rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore; sudden opportunity to make money

boon: Read
n. Syn. blessing; benefit
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request

bouquet: Read
n. Syn. bunch
small cluster or arrangement of flowers; an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present

breath: Read
n.
air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration

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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
abolitionist  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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biography or story written by yourself
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
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common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
aloof  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a professional cook
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apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
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arrogance; satisfaction; feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
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constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
anticipate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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definitive; decisive; final
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
aspiration  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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approach; come near
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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ambition; longing
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
assess  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases; the latest time for vacating a hotel room
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assessment; evaluation; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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curator; guardian
assistance  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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associate; partner
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contestant you hope to defeat
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activity of contributing to fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
attraction  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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activity of contributing to fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
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apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
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appeal; a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
awkward  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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definitive; decisive; final
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a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
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arrangement; association; alliance
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difficult to handle or manage
bonanza  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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activity of contributing to fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
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bothersome; troublesome; irritating
Exercise
curator; guardian
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boom; rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore; sudden opportunity to make money
cohesive  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
corporation made up of different companies in diversified fields; composing of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass
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cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated
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contestant you hope to defeat
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biography or story written by yourself
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v.
be full of; be plentiful


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n.
a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation


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n. Syn. arrangement; association; alliance
arrangement; association; alliance


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v. Syn. diagnose; examine; analyze
diagnose; examine


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v. Syn. destroy
destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence


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n. Syn. composition; order
composition; order


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v.
cause to become financially ruin; ruin


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n. Syn. bonanza; prosperity
bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish


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a. Syn. infinite; vast
being without boundaries or limits; infinite; vast


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n. Syn. calamity; disaster
calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune


Spelling Word: catastrophe