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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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v. Syn. adapt; regulate
adapt; regulate

adolescent: Read
n.
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;

adoption: Read
n.
act of accepting with approval

affiliate: Read
v. Syn. associate; incorporate
associate; incorporate

affliction: Read
n. Syn. calamity; distress; misfortune; pain
cause or condition of pain, suffering, or distress

agitation: Read
n. Syn. anxiety; disturbance
anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance

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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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applaud  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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bump; hit; conflict
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acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands
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act of being present
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act of distinguishing by comparing differences
arc  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
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access; method
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continuous portion of a circle; something curved in shape
avocation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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contestant you hope to defeat
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close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
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activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
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candidate
bleak  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
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continuous portion of a circle; something curved in shape
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act of accompanying someone or something
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access; method
celebrity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a widely known person
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act of showing regard for others; courteous behavior; politeness; citizenship
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beginning; forming of an idea; act of conceiving
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courtesy towards women
chivalry  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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breaking of contract or duty
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acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands
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courtesy towards women
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
choreography  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assign; distribute according to plan
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a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
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hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
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art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
combine  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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blend; fuse; merge
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advise; suggest
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broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
computation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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calculation
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
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controvertible; disputable
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hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
contender  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
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broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
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contestant you hope to defeat
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access; method
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v. Syn. cancel; annul
cancel; put an end to; destroy completely


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a. Syn. attendant; concomitant
attendant; concomitant


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v. Syn. accept
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family


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a. Syn. comparable
comparable; similar or alike


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a. Syn. attractive; charming
attractive; charming


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ad. Syn. certainly; undoubtedly
certainly; undoubtedly


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


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a. Syn. clumsy; inept
difficult to handle or manage


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


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


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