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tidal   Speak
a. relating to or affected by tides
perpetual   Speak
a. never-ending or changing
marginalize   Speak
v. treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral
ongoing   Speak
a. continuing; still in progress
close-knit   Speak
a. united or bound together by strong relationships and common interests
cookout   Speak
n. a party or gathering where a meal is cooked and eaten outdoors
iteration   Speak
n. the repetition of a process or utterance
span   Speak
n. the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers
accumulate   Speak
v. gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of
domino effect   Speak
n. the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events
 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:
column   Pronounce
n. pillar; cylindrical or polygonal support for roof; anything resembling, in form or position; upright body or mass
This column is the latest in our series of interview articles.
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combine   Pronounce
v. blend; fuse; merge
Re-branded as one-army recruitment, the latest drive will, for the first time, combine recruiting to both the regular and territorial army.
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comic   Pronounce
a. arousing or provoking laughter; ridiculous; amusing; humorous
And, because the comic strips take place in superhero land, there are hints of the super-human.
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commercial   Pronounce
a. money-making; involved in work that is intended for the mass market
China's economic growth has been fuelled by investment in new factories and other commercial premises, many of them producing low-cost goods.
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commit   Pronounce
v. do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
And small bands of extremists may again commit heinous crimes in the name of faith.
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committee   Pronounce
n. special group delegated to consider some matter
He was director of the central bank's monetary policy committee, which sets Brazil's interest rates.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abortion  Speak
Exercise
v. make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
Exercise
n. termination of pregnancy; failure of a plan
Exercise
v. perform; conduct oneself in a proper way
Exercise
n. something formed in mind; thought or notion
academic  Speak
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v. acknowledge; admit that you have done something wrong
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a. dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed in nature; very different place, society, or person
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n. person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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a. related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to the scholarly organization; based on formal education
affect  Speak
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v. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
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n. public entertainment of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
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n. common name for various kinds of vehicles; two-wheeled vehicle; light business wagon
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n. estimate; a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose
aggressive  Speak
Exercise
n. unmarried men; the first or lowest academic degree conferred by universities and colleges
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a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
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n. concern something  in a state of painful uneasiness;  state of restlessness and agitation
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n. electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
aside  Speak
Exercise
v. assign the roles of; choose at random
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n. a distinctive mark, token, or sign worn on the person
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n. pledge, undertaking; an act of binding yourself  to a course of action
Exercise
ad. on, or to, one side; out of a straight line, course, or direction; at a little distance from the rest
associate  Speak
Exercise
a. having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
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v. connect or join together; combine
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ad. on, or to, one side; out of a straight line, course, or direction; at a little distance from the rest
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v. shield away from; prevent
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] n. improper use or handling; misuse


Spelling Word: abuse
Read [Esc] n. act of putting a person into a non-elective position; arrangement


Spelling Word: appointment
Read [Esc] n. game played with a bat and ball by two opposing teams of nine players; ball used in this game


Spelling Word: baseball
Read [Esc] a. fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance


Spelling Word: bizarre
Read [Esc] n. outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden; margin; verge; brink; boundary


Spelling Word: border
Read [Esc] n. tied; held; committed; limit; constraint; leap; jump


Spelling Word: bound
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