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 New IELTS VocabularyMore Words  
fell off   Speak
v. become less in number, amount, or quality
undergird   Speak
v. secure or fasten from the underside, especially by a rope or chain passed underneath
get down to   Speak
v. to start something
ordinance   Speak
n. an authoritative order; a decree
virtually   Speak
ad. nearly; almost
discernible   Speak
a. able to be discerned; perceptible
harness   Speak
v. control and make use of (natural resources), especially to produce energy
solar cell   Speak
n. an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity
primer   Speak
n. a small introductory book on a subject
assessment   Speak
n. the evaluation or estimation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone or something
 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:
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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:
coincidence   Pronounce
n. two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
Was it just a coincidence that she and John had chanced to meet at the market, or was he deliberately trying to seek her out?
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combat   Pronounce
v. struggle as with an opposing force; fight with
The ship has to combat the wind and waves this morning.
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comedy   Pronounce
n. light and humorous drama with a happy ending
Anne Bancroft was also a regular in the comedy films made by her beloved second husband, Mel Brooks.
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comment   Pronounce
v. express an opinion; remark
She refused to comment about David Beckham's eye injury.
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commission   Pronounce
n. fee for services; a group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
China has hit back, its foreign ministry urging the Congressional commission to wipe out its prejudice, respect the truth.
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commitment   Pronounce
n. pledge, undertaking; an act of binding yourself  to a course of action
My main commitment is to promote human values; this is what I consider the key factor for a happy life at the individual level, family level, and community level.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
affection  Speak
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n. fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
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n. graph; diagram;  map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
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n. the orderly arrangement as years, months, weeks, and days; a table showing months, weeks, and days
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n. trunks, bags, parcels, and suitcases in which one carries one's belongings while traveling; luggage
aid  Speak
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n. person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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n. society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
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n. field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; a wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital
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a. affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt
available  Speak
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a. convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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n. fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
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v. tell someone confidently that something is true; guarantee; convince
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n. people who buy goods or services
bang  Speak
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v. support; sustain; carry; have; yield; give birth; hold up or support
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n. a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
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n. place abounding in trees or shrubs; the wild forest
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a. affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt
barrel  Speak
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n. vessel; large cylindrical container
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n. any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger
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a. difficult to analyze or understand
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n. graph; diagram;  map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
bite  Speak
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v. pierce the skin with teeth; seize with the teeth; sting with a stinger; eat into; have a sharp taste
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n. a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
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v. support; sustain; carry; have; yield; give birth; hold up or support
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n. a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision


Spelling Word: accurate
Read [Esc] n. any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion


Spelling Word: antique
Read [Esc] n. concern something  in a state of painful uneasiness;  state of restlessness and agitation


Spelling Word: anxiety
Read [Esc] a. convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible


Spelling Word: available
Read [Esc] a. knowing; having knowledge or cognizance


Spelling Word: aware
Read [Esc] n. beating or pounding; set of guns or heavy artillery; a dry cell that produces an electric current


Spelling Word: battery
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