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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.


baroque: Read
a. Syn. embellished; elaborate
complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape

basement: Read
n. Syn. cellar
cellar; storage room

beaded: Read
a.
covered with beads of liquid

beleaguer: Read
v. Syn. harass
besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops

bellows: Read
n.
a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely

betray: Read
v. Syn. reveal
be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly

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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
advent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
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a small room or cabinet used for storage space
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decay; erosion
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demanding great effort or labor; difficult
astronomer  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
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a small room or cabinet used for storage space
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a commissioned military officer
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a physicist who studies astronomy
barbecue  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
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a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
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device for gripping and holding; tense, critical situation
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arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services; money available for a client to borrow
barren  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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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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difficult to analyze or understand
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desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking
casting  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
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arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services; money available for a client to borrow
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a group of persons together in one place
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closely and firmly united or packed together; briefly giving gist of something
collide  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
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act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
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care; being attentive to possible danger
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bump; hit; conflict
colonel  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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all the knowledge and values shared by a society ; foster; raising of plants or animals
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being or characterized by concepts or their formation
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a commissioned military officer
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applaud; slap; strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another
commander  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking
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be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
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chief; leader
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a small room or cabinet used for storage space
consume  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
difficult to analyze or understand
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a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman
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a physicist who studies astronomy
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devour; eat
context  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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an account of the series of events making up a person's life; accounts of people's life
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circumstance
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beg pardon
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being or characterized by concepts or their formation
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a. Syn. burning; radiant; bright
burning; radiant; bright; keenly excited ; resembling flame in brilliance or color


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n. Syn. correction; revision
correction; revision


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v. Syn. clap; acclaim
acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands


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n. Syn. caf‚
a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick


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a. Syn. brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
brave; daring; intrepid; impudent


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n.
beverage made from juice pressed from apples


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n. Syn. complication
complication


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v. Syn. squeeze; contract
close; squeeze or press together; contract


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n.
composition for orchestra and a soloist


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v. Syn. accompany; direct
direct the course of; manage or control; lead or guide


Spelling Word: conduct