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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.


chronological: Read
a.
arranged in order of time of occurrence

civility: Read
n.
act of showing regard for others; courteous behavior; politeness; citizenship

claim: Read
n.
demand for something as rightful or due

clap: Read
v. Syn. applaud; slap
applaud; slap; strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another

classify: Read
v.
declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories

clergyman: Read
n.
a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

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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
adjoin  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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a number of stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
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be next to; be contiguous to; border on
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assigning to a class or category
astronomer  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
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definitive; decisive; final
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blame
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a physicist who studies astronomy
attire  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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clothing; dress
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blame; denounce; express strong disapproval of
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act of showing regard for others; courteous behavior; politeness; citizenship
bar  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assured; having or marked by assurance
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a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick
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a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
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a physicist who studies astronomy
bicameral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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clothing; dress
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a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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be next to; be contiguous to; border on
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
carving  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cutting away parts to create a desired shape
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about; roughly
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a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
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blame
codify  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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arrange laws, rules as a code; classify; arrange or systematize
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of or relating to chemical substance that kills microorganisms and cures infections
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clothing; dress
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brightly; radiantly
comical  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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a physicist who studies astronomy
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arousing or provoking laughter
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complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease
complicated  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assigning to a class or category
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declare or state with confidence; put oneself forward boldly
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brightly; radiantly
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difficult to analyze or understand
complication  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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definitive; decisive; final
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be present at; go to; take care of; tend
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complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease
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calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune
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n. Syn. abbreviation
abbreviation


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v. Syn. estimate; judge
estimate value; judge worth of something


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n.
a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success


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n. Syn. flame
brilliant burst of fire; destructive fire; flame


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


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v.
assign the roles of; choose at random


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a. Syn. cold
cold


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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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n.
a commissioned military officer


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n. Syn. brevity
brevity; terseness and economy in writing and speaking


Spelling Word: conciseness