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compelling   Speak
a. demanding attention; forceful
alleviate   Speak
v. make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
light   Speak
n. public knowledge; a particular aspect or appearance presented to view
rampant   Speak
a. flourishing or spreading unchecked
give way to   Speak
v. be replaced by something, especially because it is better, cheaper, easier
autonomous   Speak
a. having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs
frigate   Speak
n. a warship with a mixed armament, generally heavier than a destroyer and introduced for convoy escort work
oversee   Speak
v. supervise (a person or work), especially in an official capacity
propulsion   Speak
v. the action of driving or pushing forward
dive into   Speak
v. examine something in great detail in a short space of time
 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:
brutal   Pronounce
a. like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; merciless
In many cases, a rich businessman reached the top by trampling others in the most brutal way.
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buck   Pronounce
v. move quickly and violently; jump vertically; strive with determination
John is trying to buck for a promotion.
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bud   Pronounce
n. one that is not yet fully developed; sprout
The first thing to be thought of is to pluck the disease in its bud, which is best done by injections.
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bug   Pronounce
n. general name applied to various insects
It might have seemed to him a waste of ammunition to kill a bug with a battery of artillery.
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bully   Pronounce
n. noisy, blustering fellow; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; insolent, tyrannical fellow
I found early in life that the best way to defeat a bully is a punch to the nose.
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bunch   Pronounce
n. clump; cluster; gathering
They found the sharp new heap they sought and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
address  Speak
Exercise
v. exert; put into service; avail oneself to;
Exercise
v. make a formal speech to; deal with or discuss; direct efforts or attention of
Exercise
v. dash or dart off; move or jump suddenly
Exercise
v. set or ask for a certain price; load to capacity; fill; instruct or urge authoritatively; command
alarm  Speak
Exercise
v. adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
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n. any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger
Exercise
v. be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
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n. light current of air; gentle wind; progress swiftly and effortlessly
annual  Speak
Exercise
a. having no name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
Exercise
n. tutor; teacher; a vehicle carrying many passengers
Exercise
a. occurring or payable every year
Exercise
n. ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool
anonymous  Speak
Exercise
v. invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; debate
Exercise
v. send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
Exercise
a. having no name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
Exercise
a. awake, thinking, and knowing what is happening around you; alert
beam  Speak
Exercise
a. determined to do or have
Exercise
n. ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool
Exercise
n. a small section of filmed or filed material
Exercise
a. brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
betray  Speak
Exercise
a. brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
Exercise
v. set or ask for a certain price; load to capacity; fill; instruct or urge authoritatively; command
Exercise
v. be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
Exercise
n. act of clearing; space cleared; permission to proceed or trust
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] a. related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to the scholarly organization; based on formal education


Spelling Word: academic
Read [Esc] n. school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists


Spelling Word: academy
Read [Esc] n. sour; water-soluble compounds having a sour taste; quality of being sarcastic, bitter, or scornful


Spelling Word: acid
Read [Esc] v. accept; take on; raise; take into one's family


Spelling Word: adopt
Read [Esc] n. items of business at a meeting; list or program of things to be done or considered


Spelling Word: agenda
Read [Esc] v. condemn; rebuke; find fault with; censure


Spelling Word: blame
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