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grant   ContextMore...   Speak
n. a sum of money given by a government or other organization for a particular purpose
murky   ContextMore...   Speak
a. not fully explained or understood, especially with concealed dishonesty or immorality
landscape   ContextMore...   Speak
n. all the visible features of an area of countryside or land
painstakingly   ContextMore...   Speak
ad. with great care and thoroughness
meadow   Context   Speak
n. a piece of grassland, especially one used for hay
lounge   ContextMore...   Speak
v. lie, sit, or stand in a relaxed or lazy way
obscure   ContextMore...   Speak
a. not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain
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
 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:
boom   Pronounce
n. bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
It is a hi-tech boom town, the center for dozens of successful biotech and IT firms, and the home to an ever-expanding middle class.
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border   Pronounce
n. outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden; margin; verge; brink; boundary
This table had a cover made out of beautiful oilcloth, with a red eagle painted on it and a painted border all around.
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bother   Pronounce
v. annoy; trouble; make agitated or nervous; fluster
But that doesn't bother me because I don't want love; I want my music.
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bound   Pronounce
n. tied; held; committed; limit; constraint; leap; jump
Supreme Court ended a term bound to affect our lives in significant ways in the months ahead.
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brand   Pronounce
n. a burning piece of wood; mark made by burning with a hot iron; distinctive mark upon in any way
He has his own brand of humor and always brings laugh for us.
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breakdown   Pronounce
n. process of failing to function or continue; a sudden collapse in physical or mental health; summary of itemized data
His frequent depressions were the prelude to a complete mental breakdown.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abandon  Speak
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prepare, as food, by cooking in dry heat, either in an oven or under coals, or on heated stone or metal
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the central forward portion of the lower jaw; bottom of the face
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a small section of filmed or filed material
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
aid  Speak
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a formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom
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person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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improper use or handling; misuse
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
ambassador  Speak
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two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
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breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; reduce the air supply
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passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane; the wing of a building
Exercise
authorized messenger or representative
ambulance  Speak
Exercise
field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; a wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital
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feeling secure or certain about something
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authorized messenger or representative
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broadly sympathetic; universal; related to Roman Catholic Church
approval  Speak
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light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France
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a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier
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official approbation; endorsement; an act of approving
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money-making; involved in work that is intended for the mass market
area  Speak
Exercise
feeling secure or certain about something
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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
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one who maintains and audits business accounts
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explode; burst; gale; a powerful gust of wind or air
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
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n. agreement between parties concerning the sale of property


Spelling Word: bargain
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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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a. formed or made thin by hammering; totally worn-out; exhausted


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a. determined to do or have


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n. an extra dividend to the shareholders; money paid in addition to a stated compensation


Spelling Word: bonus
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n. bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish


Spelling Word: boom
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