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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.


buzz: Read
n.
confusion of activity and gossip; sound of rapid vibration

bypass: Read
n.
channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture; conductor having low resistance in parallel

calculate: Read
v. Syn. compute; determine; estimate
compute; determine; estimate

cancellation: Read
n.
act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement

canyon: Read
n.
narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge

carve: Read
v. Syn. cut; sculpt
cut; sculpt

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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
abound  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
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a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick
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diagnose; examine
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be full of; be plentiful
alloy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
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a number of stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
ambitious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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aspiring; having a strong desire for success or achievement
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being or concerning or limited to a continent
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blend; fuse; merge
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destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
amendment  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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being or concerning or limited to a continent
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correction; revision
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behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards
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consisting of, relating to, or being in water
annihilate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
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a widely known person
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adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
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destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
appeal  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
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assert; confirm
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difficult to analyze or understand
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act of accepting with approval
cast  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assign the roles of; choose at random
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complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
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a tiny piece of anything; the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
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confront; oppose
collapse  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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breakdown; failure
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difficult to please or satisfy; careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry
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certain, sure
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act of accepting with approval
colloquialism  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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a widely known person
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act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
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chat; talk informally; engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts
complicated  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick
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combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
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chat; talk informally; engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts
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difficult to analyze or understand
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n.
act of accompanying someone or something


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v. Syn. blame; condemn
blame; condemn


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n. Syn. confederate; partner; collaborator
confederate; partner; collaborator


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a. Syn. ambitious; enthusiastic
ambitious; enthusiastic


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n. Syn. conduct; manner
conduct; manner


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v. Syn. harass
besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops


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n.
channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture; conductor having low resistance in parallel


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n.
beverage made from juice pressed from apples


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


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n.
device for gripping and holding; tense, critical situation


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