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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.


compaction: Read
n.
an increase in the density of something

compete: Read
v. Syn. vie; contest; fight
contest; fight

competitiveness: Read
n.
an aggressive willingness to compete

complement: Read
v. Syn. complete; consummate
complete; consummate; make perfect

complexity: Read
n. Syn. complication
complication

complication: Read
n. Syn. complexity; intricacy
complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease

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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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anticipate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
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an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
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devour; eat
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
assault  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
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attack; onslaught
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book of literary selections by various authors
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barrel or cask for liquor; enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals
bicameral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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devour; eat
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
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capable of igniting and burning; easily aroused or excited
bison  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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breaking of contract or duty
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branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and universe as a whole
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any of several large shaggy-manned humped bovid having large heads and short horns
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compatible; harmonious
blush  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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become rosy or reddish; turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
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written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
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clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
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attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
board  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
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attack; onslaught
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a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
breach  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
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associate; incorporate
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breaking of contract or duty
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climb; mount
chronological  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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arranged in order of time of occurrence
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cause someone to become dependent; indulge in; be devoted to
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written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
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climb; mount
clergy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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compatible; harmonious
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attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
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change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops; compress or concentrate
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clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
conceptual  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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awake; alert
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being or characterized by concepts or their formation
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book of literary selections by various authors
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achieve or accomplish; gain
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v. Syn. attach
be next to; be contiguous to; border on


Spelling Word: adjoin
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n.
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;


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


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a.
inherited or inheritable by established rules


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n. Syn. desire
instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink


Spelling Word: appetite
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v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of


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n.
a tiny piece of anything; the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element


Spelling Word: atom
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v.
cause to become financially ruin; ruin


Spelling Word: bankrupt
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v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate


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


Spelling Word: board