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 New IELTS VocabularyMore new words  
delicious   ContextMore...   Speak
a. highly pleasant to the taste
defecate   ContextMore...   Speak
v. pass the contents of the bowels out of the body
species   ContextMore...   Speak
n. (pl.) a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other
runoff   ContextMore...   Speak
n. accident occurring when there is more water than the land can absorb
storm overflows   Context   Speak
n. an outlet from the public sewer to spill excess rainwater and sewage into rivers and the sea
take note   Context   Speak
v. pay attention
face value   Context   Speak
n. the apparent value or significance
anarchic   ContextMore...   Speak
a. with no controlling rules or principles to give order
bizarre   ContextMore...   Speak
a. very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest
installment   ContextMore...   Speak
n. any of several parts of something which are published or made public in sequence at intervals
 4000 IELTS Academic Words
1   Overview:
IELTS academic test is widely accepted in English countries. Its score is one of the keys to university or college admission. This 4000 IELTS vocabulary is to help you own a strong words list in the IELTS academic test.

In all English tests, vocabulary level is an essential factor in evaluating language ability; IELTS has no exception. All test sections rely on strong vocabulary to succeed. However, IELTS academic word list isn't a fixed or constant word set. If you search on the Internet, you can see many vocabularies called IELTS academic vocabularies.

So the first step is to choose an IELTS vocabulary for your circumstance: Does this 4000 IELTS Vocabulary Words meet your case? We divide the words into 3 levels; each level consists of 4 groups. If you are interested in the words of all groups (1-12), watch them here.



If you think it matches your case, you can start to work on it. It's long but deserves to spend time. Besides, we remind you this list is based on IELTS general vocabulary. As academic test-takers, IELTS general vocabulary is the foundation, which you shouldn't ignore.

Last but not least, you should know that building vocabulary takes lots of time, and its result plays a crucial factor in the final score. We hope this word list can assist you in building IELTS academic vocabulary. If you cannot set your goal or doubt your plan, go to the IELTS Official Website, which will help you make a right decision.

2   Alternative Solutions:
If you doubt whether this 4000 IELTS Academic Vocabulary is the right option, this section gives you some alternative methods and vocabularies.

Alternative Methods
Study a word list isn't a unique way to enrich IELTS vocabulary, and this 4000 vocabulary isn't the only list either. If you have half or one year to prepare, there are some other options to accumulate IELTS vocabulary. 20 Ways to Build IELTS Vocabulary introduces some proven ways.

You may learn new words in TV, news, ads, and daily readings that IELTS exam materials likely come from. Every word has own frequency in specified circumstance. IELTS test has own convention to select materials too, for example, many recent academic reading objects are originated from Economist or BBC.

Alternative Vocabularies - Writing and Speaking
However, if your time frame is very tight, or this 4000 vocabulary is relatively tough, you have to get a more flexible and practical substitute to work. Pick up a dictionary by random to prepare IELTS test isn't a good idea. Your effort and reward both depend on your current level.

For those who want to sharpen IELTS writing vocabulary, this 4000 words list seems large. Instead, IELTS Writing Task Vocabulary collects a short but hard writing vocabulary.

If speaking test is your shortage, enhance speaking vocabulary from 100 IELTS Speaking Words will strengthen your confidence to face examiners.

Alternative Vocabularies - Other Wordlists
Students with separate levels or situations may choose differently. Some like a shortlist because time matters; others prefer to learn difficult and large vocabulary in order to pursue a high score. We do know this 4000 IELTS vocabulary cannot cover all test takers' cases, for those who are looking for lighter or smaller lists, 10 Popular IELTS Vocabularies may give some clues.

Two of them possibly you are interested.

If your schedule is very tight, or you just need a passed score, suggest to view 500 IELTS Vocabulary, a short but proven academic vocabulary for students who are in English countries.

The 6000 IELTS Vocabulary Words actually consists of 2000+ words that are not in the 4000 IELTS Academic Words, low frequency but useful, an excellent supplement after your finishing the first 4000 words.

3   Words' EBook, PDF, and Cards:
IELTS Vocabulary EBook
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IELTS Vocabulary PDF List
Some students like using PDF lists to learn and review words. We do offer a handy feature to make a PDF word list of each group. Below are demos of Level 1's first group, including 9 non-English explanations.If you have a VIP account, you can print all groups' word list from the website; the details are in:

IELTS Vocabulary Cards
Cards are useful tools for some students to study new words. We offer two buttons to make one-side and two-side flashcards for each group. Below are one-side cards for Level 1's first group, including 9 non-English explanations.If you have a VIP account, you can print all groups' cards, either one-side or two-side, from the website; the details are in:

DIY - PDF of IELTS vocabulary
May I DIY PDF file of the 4000 IELTS words? Yes, you can run Print Vocabulary in PDF directly. This app can load all vocabularies of this website, please select '4000 IELTS Academic Words', filter and edit words, and create PDF by browsers. It's a free and handy tool to make your IELTS vocabulary PDF file.

If you need more flexible solutions, please go to Download IELTS Vocabulary PDF. In addition to print the whole group, it tells you how to leverage other free Internet PDF tools to produce a PDF file based on this IELTS vocabulary in a few minutes.

4   Manage Word Status:
To speed up your studying, you can manage words by marking them as New, Known, and Review status. There are two ways: Note page or Panel page to manage words' statuses. You can also save statuses to the cloud and sync back if your device has trouble or want to switch to other devices.

Word status works for all vocabularies on the website, including 4000 IELTS Academic Words. It is a handy flag to skip known words and focus on new and half-familiar words.

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Words of Group 1: (Part of words, select list to view all.)
abandon
abort
abortion
absurd
abuse
academic
academy
access
account
accountant
accurate
accuse
accused
acid
acknowledge
address
adjust
administration
adopt
adore
adult
affect
affection
afford
agency
agenda
aggressive
agreement
aid
air
aisle
alarm
album
alien
alliance
ally
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6   Demonstrate word list style:
alliance   Pronounce
n. state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union of interests between families, states, parties
Now sources close to Sharon and Peres say they could lead to a long-term alliance - or even a joint party.
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alone   Pronounce
a. solitary; by oneself, not with any other people  
Alice cried with a sudden burst of tears, 'I do wish they would put their heads down! I am so very tired of being all alone here!'
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amaze   Pronounce
v. astonish; affect with wonder
Archaeologists amaze that such a fragile ancient document could have survived for so long and that it was then discovered as it could so easily have been overlooked.
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ambulance   Pronounce
n. field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; a wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital
His breathing had become so labored she called an ambulance to send him to the hospital immediately.
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anniversary   Pronounce
a. annual; yearly; annual return of the day on which any notable event took place
He gave me a necklace as an anniversary gift.
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anonymous   Pronounce
a. having no name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, is a foreigner with homes in Europe.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
adjust  Speak
Exercise
change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable
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the orderly arrangement as years, months, weeks, and days; a table showing months, weeks, and days
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full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
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support; sustain; carry; have; yield; give birth; hold up or support
adult  Speak
Exercise
disorder; condition or place of great disorder or confusion; disorderly mass
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
Exercise
foam; dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; fantastic or impracticable idea or belief
Exercise
a sort of theatrical representation by dancers
afford  Speak
Exercise
make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
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a plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
Exercise
pay; provide; have the financial means for; bear the cost of
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outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden; margin; verge; brink; boundary
ballet  Speak
Exercise
position at which two lines, surfaces, or edges meet and form an angle
Exercise
full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
Exercise
change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable
Exercise
a sort of theatrical representation by dancers
beam  Speak
Exercise
the root of cultivated varieties of the plant, usually spindle-shaped and of a reddish yellow color
Exercise
portable, often flat case with a handle, used for carrying papers or books
Exercise
ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool
Exercise
capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
bear  Speak
Exercise
items of business at a meeting; list or program of things to be done or considered
Exercise
support; sustain; carry; have; yield; give birth; hold up or support
Exercise
difficult to analyze or understand
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cellar; a part of a building that is below the level of the first floor
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
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n. defendant or defendants in a criminal case; a person charged with an offense


Spelling Word: accused
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a. solitary; by oneself, not with any other people  


Spelling Word: alone
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n. total of two or more quantities; aggregate; sum


Spelling Word: amount
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v. shield away from; prevent


Spelling Word: avoid
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n. unmarried men; the first or lowest academic degree conferred by universities and colleges


Spelling Word: bachelor
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n. estimate; a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose


Spelling Word: budget
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