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IELTS
4000 IELTS Academic Words List Check 1st Group
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consequence
n.
result; relation of a result to its cause; logical conclusion or inference
considerably
ad.
substantially; significantly; to a degree worth considering
consideration
n.
a considerate and thoughtful act
consistency
n.
harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
consistent
a.
agreeing with itself; coherent; regular
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6000 IELTS Academic Words Check 1st Group
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strait
a.
difficult; stressful; narrow; not broad; tight; close; closely fitting
strengthen
v.
reinforce; fortify; make strong or increase the strength of
strenuous
a.
arduous; intense; performed with much energy or force;
strive
v.
endeavor; struggle or fight forcefully; exert much effort or energy
structural
a.
of structure; affecting structure; constructional
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500 IELTS Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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dispose
/dɪ'spoʊz/ v.
get rid of; settle or decide a matter; place or set in a particular order; arrange
Do not use them to dispose of household trash.
distinct
/dɪ'stɪŋkt/ a. Syn. definite; separate; different
definite; separate; different
The UN has always been at pains to say that its role in occupied Iraq is distinct from that of the US-led forces, and many ordinary Iraqis appreciated that the primary UN role was humanitarian.
distort
/dɪ'stɔ:t/ v. Syn. deform; twist
twist out of proper or natural relation of parts; misshape; misrepresent
It is difficult to believe the newspaper accounts of the riots because of the way some reporters distort and exaggerate the actual events.
distribute
/dɪ'strɪbju:t/ v. Syn. disseminate; allocate
hand out; disseminate; allocate
They are planning to buy some main firms that distribute gas to European consumers.
diverse
/daɪ'vɜrs/ a. Syn. various
differing in some characteristics; various
The professor suggested diverse ways of approaching the assignment and recommended that we choose one of them.
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TOEFL
5000 TOEFL Vocabulary List Check 1st Group
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linen
n.
fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant; thread made from fibers of the flax plant
linguistics
n.
humanistic study of language and literature
liquid
n.
fluid; juice; substance in a fluid state
literary
a.
knowledgeable about literature; of or relating to or characteristic of literature
literate
a.
educated; schooled; one who can read and write
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6000 TOEFL Vocabulary List Check 1st Group
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relinquish
v.
give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon
relish
v.
take keen or zestful pleasure in; enjoy the flavor of; give spice or flavor to
reluctance
n.
state of being reluctant; unwillingness; hesitancy in taking some action
reminisce
v.
recollect and tell of past experiences or events; talk or write about memories of the past, delightful ones
remit
v.
send back; give up; surrender; resign; restore; transmit or send, especially as money in payment of a demand
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300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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elicit
/ɪ'lɪsɪt/ v. Syn. provoke
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
The detectives tried to elicit where he had hidden his loot.
elucidate
/ɪ'lu:sɪdeɪt/ v. Syn. explain; enlighten
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.
emissary
/'ɛmɪsərɪ/ n. Syn. agent; messenger
agent sent on a mission to represent or advance the interests of another
A native of Brazil, Bella considers herself a kind of emissary from the Brazilian community.
engender
/ɪn'dʒɛndər
ennui
/ɒn'wi:/ n.
feeling of being bored by something tedious
The monotonous routine of hospital life induced a feeling of ennui that made him moody and irritable.
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TOEFL Words with Synonyms Check 1st Group
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retribution
/rɛtrɪ'bju:ʃə
retrieve
/rɪ'tri:v/ v. Syn. recover; regain
recover; find and bring in; get back
rudimentary
/ru:dɪ'mɛntərɪ/ a. Syn. elementary; crude; incipient
relating to basic facts or principles; being in the earliest stages of development; incipient
rue
/ru:/ v. Syn. regret; lament; mourn
feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
sacrosanct
/'sækroʊsæŋkt/ a. Syn. inviolable
regarded as sacred and inviolable
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PTE
PTE Word List for Academic Check 1st Group
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spokesman
n.
man who speaks on behalf of another or others
sponsor
n.
one who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; godfather or godmother
sporadic
a.
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
spotlight
n.
lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; focus of public attention
spouse
n.
man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; married person, husband or wife
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Vocabulary for PTE Speaking Check 1st Group
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resident
   one who resides in a place permanently or for an extended period; dweller
resolution
   determination; resolving to do something; formal statement of a decision
restore
   give or bring back; return to its original condition
revenue
   money which returns from an investment; annual income; reward
reverse
   overturn; turn inside out or upside down; turning in the opposite direction
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GRE
5000 GRE Words Check 1st Group
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taboo
n.
ban or inhibition resulting from social custom or emotional aversion; prohibition
tact
n.
the ability to do the right thing without making anyone unhappy; sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty
taint
v.
contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
talisman
n.
charm to bring good luck and avert misfortune; something that apparently has magic power
tally
v.
record by making a mark; reckon or count; keep score
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Barron GRE Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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impromptu
 without previous preparation
E.g.So there's certain impromptu nature to a lot of these questions and the responses.
impropriety
 improper act; improper or unacceptable usage in speech or writing
E.g.Because of the impropriety of the punk rocker's slashed T-shirt and jeans, the management refused to admit him to the hotel's very formal dining room.
improvident
 thriftless; not providing for future; incautious
E.g.He was constantly being warned to mend his improvident ways and begin to "save for a rainy day.".
improvise
 compose, perform, or do something with little or no preparation
E.g.If they let Lee improvise even one response, it could be devastating.
imprudent
 lacking caution; injudicious; not attentive to consequence
E.g.It is imprudent to exercise vigorously and become overheated when you are unwell.
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TOEIC
3000 TOEIC Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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dictate
v. Syn. prescribe; determine
prescribe; rule as a dictator
diet
n. Syn. nourishment
nutritional plan; nourishment; a prescribed selection of foods
dietetics
n.
study of nutrition as it relates to health
differ
v.
be or stand apart; disagree; be unlike; be distinguished
differentiate
v. Syn. distinguish; discriminate
set apart; distinguish; perceive or show difference in or between
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TOEIC Reading Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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acquisition
n. Syn. acquirement; attainment
act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
adolescent
n.
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
adverse
a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile
in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
aesthetic
a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
affiliate
v. Syn. associate; incorporate
associate; incorporate
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ECPE
3000 ECPE Vocabulary Check 1st Group
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expenditure
n. Syn. output
payment or expense; output
expertise
n. Syn. skill
specialized knowledge; expert skill
explicit
a. Syn. definite; outspoken
precisely and clearly expressed; definite; outspoken
exploit
v.
make use of, sometimes unjustly
exploitation
n.
unfair use of someone’s work giving little in return
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ECPE Oral Exam Words Check 1st Group
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vent
 small opening; means of escape or release; outlet; hole for the escape of gas or air
E.g. A small volume of air can be felt when the chin vent is open.
version
 written work in a new form; edition; interpretation of a particular viewpoint
E.g. He downloaded the latest version of the software from the Internet.
vertical
 upright in position or posture; oriented vertically
E.g. They saw a column still vertical amid the ruins.
veteran
 someone who has given long service
E.g. The veteran laughed at the new recruits.
violent
 turbulent; intensely vivid or loud; by violence or bloodshed
E.g. Significantly, he never used the word terrorism, but he hit hard on what he called violent extremism and its consequences.
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