ESL Students English Vocabulary Portal

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IELTS
4000 IELTS Academic Words List Check 1st Group
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absent
a.
go away or leave; missing; not present
absolute
a.
perfect in quality or nature; complete; totally unlimited; certain
absolutely
ad.
utterly; not viewed in relation to other things or factors  
absorb
v.
assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; occupy full attention
absorption
n.
process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; state of mental concentration
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6000 IELTS Academic Words Check 1st Group
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rectangle
n.
a parallelogram with four right angles
recycle
v.
reprocess; use again after processing
refine
v.
purify; make more precise; improve
refreshment
n.
activity that refreshes and recreates; snacks and drinks served as a light meal
refugee
n.
one who flees to shelter, or place of safety
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500 IELTS Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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contract
/'kɒntrækt/ v. Syn. shrink; constrict
constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
The heat will contract the woollen garment.
contradict
/kɒntrə'dɪkt/ v. Syn. confront; oppose
confront; oppose
Now act as you please: write and contradict my assertion--expose my falsehood as soon as you like.
contrary
/'kɒntrərɪ/;/'kɒntrɛrɪ/ a. Syn. opposite
relation of direct opposition; very opposed in nature or character or purpose
Our boat took a course contrary to theirs.
contrast
/'kɒntrɑrst/;/'kɒntræst/ n.
act of distinguishing by comparing differences
In contrast, the Prime Minister's aides are preparing his defense, saying that at the time, the entire cabinet backed the move to war, and that he's willing to implement all the committee's recommendations.
contribute
/kən'trɪbju:t/ v.
provide; bestow a quality on
In the developed world, many companies provide a fund, which they and their staff contribute to, which is then invested in shares, bonds and other assets.
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TOEFL
5000 TOEFL Vocabulary List Check 1st Group
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instruction
n.
direction; teaching; activities of educating or instructing
insulation
n.
act of insulating; separation;  state of being detached, from other objects
insulin
n.
hormone secreted by the isles
insuperable
a.
impossible to overcome; unbeatable
integral
a.
essential or necessary for completeness; entire
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6000 TOEFL Vocabulary List Check 1st Group
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loaf
n.
any thick lump, mass, or cake, especially a large regularly shaped or molded mass, as of bread
lofty
a.
high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism
lucid
a.
easily understood; clear; intelligible
ludicrous
a.
laughable; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense
lugubrious
a.
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated degree
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300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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divulge
/daɪ'vʌldʒ/ v. Syn. reveal
reveal; make known to public
Will update regarding the details, but all I can divulge is that it involves a really good-looking guy.
dogmatic
/dɒg'mætɪk/;/dɔ:gmætɪk/ a. Syn. opinionated; doctrinal
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid
We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong.
dynamic
/daɪ'næmɪk/ a. Syn. energetic
energetic; vigorously active
The dynamic aerobics instructor kept her students on the run.
ecclesiastic
/ɪkli:zɪ'æstɪk/ n.
minister or priest; cleric; one holding an office in the Christian ministry
This talented ecclesiastic is also responsible for restoration of the Church in Tlalpan, on the outskirts of the Federal District.
edict
/'i:dɪkt/ n.
decree ,especially issued by a sovereign; official command
The emperor issued an edict decreeing that everyone should come see him model his magnificent new clothes.
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TOEFL Words with Synonyms Check 1st Group
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sporadic
/spə'rædɪk/ a.
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
spurn
/spɜrn/ v. Syn. reject; scorn
reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
stoic
/'stoʊɪk/ a. Syn. impassive
indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
stringent
/'strɪndʒənt/ a. Syn. binding; rigid
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; binding; rigid
stupendous
/stju:'pɛndəs/;/stu:-/ a.
astonishing; wonderful; amazing, especially, astonishing in magnitude or elevation
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PTE
PTE Word List for Academic Check 1st Group
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saddle
v.
load or burden; put harness onto animal's back to ride
safeguard
n.
one who, or that which, defends or protects; defense; protection
saline
a. Syn. salty
salty; containing salt; of or relating to chemical salts
salute
n. Syn. honor
give a sign of good will; compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow; honor
salvage
v. Syn. rescue
save from loss or destruction; rescue of a ship; save for further use
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Vocabulary for PTE Speaking Check 1st Group
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scope
   range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound
section
   one of several parts; pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
sector
   particular aspect of life or activity; body of people who form part of society or economy
security
   freedom from risk or danger; safety
select
   taken from a number by preference; picked out as more valuable or excellent than others; of special value or excellence
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GRE
5000 GRE Words Check 1st Group
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rowdy
n.
rough, disorderly person; boisterous person
rubble
n.
broken fragments; irregular pieces of rock
ruddy
a.
reddish color; healthy-looking
rue
v.
feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
rummage
v.
make an energetic, usually hasty search
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Barron GRE Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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implode
 collapse or burst inward violently; burst inward
E.g.For that to explode, or implode, is going to be devastating, she explained.
implore
 beg for urgently; make an earnest appeal
E.g.I again implore Congress to do the right thing and pass this funding.
imply
 express or indicate indirectly; signify
E.g.Why does the word imply male siblings and not female as well?
import
 bring in from another country
E.g.Despite being one of the world's largest oil exporters, Nigeria refines only a very small proportion of even its own fuel needs, and has to import the rest - a severe and unnecessary drain on resources.
importunate
 urging; demanding; expressing earnest entreaty
E.g.He tried to hide from his importunate creditors until his allowance arrived.
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TOEIC
3000 TOEIC Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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distribute
v. Syn. disseminate; allocate
hand out; disseminate; allocate
district
n. Syn. section; area; region
region; territory within which the lord has the power of coercing and punishing; division of territory
disturb
v. Syn. upset; bother
upset; bother; trouble emotionally or mentally; put out of order; disarrange
disturbance
n. Syn. disorder; turmoil
disorder; turmoil; mental or emotional unbalance or disorder
ditch
n. Syn. trench
trench made in the earth by digging; any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth
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TOEIC Reading Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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equilibrium
n. Syn. balance
mental or emotional balance; state of balance of any causes, powers, or motives
erosion
n. Syn. corrosion
corrosion; a gradual decline of something
erroneous
a. Syn. mistaken; wrong
containing or derived from error; mistaken
escort
n.
one who conducts someone as attendant; guard; protection, care, or safeguard on a journey
essence
n.
most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
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ECPE
3000 ECPE Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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finance
n. Syn. fund
management of money and credit and banking and investments; subsidizing; fund
financial
a. Syn. monetary
monetary; pertaining or relating to money matters
financing
n. Syn. subsidy; funding
subsidy; transaction that provides funds for a business
finesse
n. Syn. delicacy
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
fireproof
a.
make resistant to fire
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ECPE Oral Exam Words Check 1st Group
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superficial
 trivial; of little substance; involving a surface only
E.g. We give higher ratings to job applicants who are like us in superficial and irrelevant ways: as went to same school or share same religion.
supposedly
 seemingly; believed or reputed to be the case
E.g. That sort of private payment, and the two-tiered medicine it implies, is becoming common in supposedly universal systems.
surplus
 remainder; more than is needed; quantity much larger than is needed; remaining
E.g. Bush said the surplus is the people's money not the government.
suspense
 uncertain cognitive state; uncertainty
E.g. He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom.
swallow
 take back what one has said ; enclose or envelop completely
E.g. The government is expected to persuade the French to swallow their doubts on the EU Constitution and vote yes.
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