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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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n. Syn. diligence
close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
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a. Syn. ambitious; enthusiastic
ambitious; enthusiastic
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auditorium   Speak
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area of theater or concert hall where audience sits
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boundless   Speak
a. Syn. infinite; vast
being without boundaries or limits; infinite; vast
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cell   Speak
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any small compartment
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coalesce   Speak
v. Syn. combine; fuse; mix
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
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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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adolescent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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assert; confirm
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blend; union
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clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
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a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
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change; transformation
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coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
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being or concerning or limited to a continent
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associate; join
agitation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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broken off; very steep; having sudden transitions from one subject to another
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coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
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being or concerning or limited to a continent
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anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
annex  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
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declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
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act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable
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difficult to analyze or understand
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contest; fight
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background; setting
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cause to become financially ruin; ruin
caution  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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confront; oppose
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blend; union
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complication
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care; being attentive to possible danger
clergy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
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credit; faith
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clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
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blend; union
coherent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
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attack; onslaught
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care; being attentive to possible danger
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being or concerning or limited to a continent
combination  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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blend; union
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contest; fight
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a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
comical  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable
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arousing or provoking laughter
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clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
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about; roughly
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act of accepting with approval


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a. Syn. apart; distant
apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote


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v. Syn. diagnose; examine; analyze
diagnose; examine


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n. Syn. attraction; charm
attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge


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n.
a physicist who studies astronomy


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a. Syn. infinite; vast
being without boundaries or limits; infinite; vast


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


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an increase in the density of something


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v. Syn. vie; contest; fight
contest; fight


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n.
applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required


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