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Vocabulary Study Online By Level (VSOBL) is a Fast, Reliable, and Handy tool to prepare English exam vocabulary. (Available for all VIP accounts: US$2/Month). It has built-in word lists: 6000 IELTS words, 6000 TOEFL words, 5000 GRE words, and 3000 SAT words. You can load them by level with one click.
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 New IELTS VocabularyMore new words  
trail   ContextMore...   Speak
n. a long thin part or line stretching behind
punctuate   ContextMore...   Speak
v. occur at intervals throughout a continuing event or a place
mound   ContextMore...   Speak
n. a rounded mass projecting above a surface
polystyrene   ContextMore...   Speak
n. a very light plastic substance used to make containers or to keep things
ionosphere   ContextMore...   Speak
n. atmosphere layer that has a relatively large number of electrically charged atoms and molecules
whizz   ContextMore...   Speak
v. move or do something very fast
adopt   ContextMore...   Speak
v. choose to take up, follow, or use
implication   ContextMore...   Speak
n. the effect that an action or decision will have on something else in the future
dissonance   ContextMore...   Speak
n. lack of harmony
irreconcilability   ContextMore...   Speak
n. impossible to find an agreement between or with, or impossible to deal with
 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:
area   Pronounce
n. a plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
His special interest lies in the area of literature.
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arrogant   Pronounce
a. arising from feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others
He often speaks in an arrogant tone, which doesn't encourage others to discuss with him.
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ashamed   Pronounce
a. affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt
Are you ashamed for having lied?
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aspirin   Pronounce
n. white crystalline compound drug to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation
Plavix, along with aspirin, is widely used to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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assist   Pronounce
v. give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
A good way to assist is to bring entrepreneurial and business skills to them.
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assume   Pronounce
v. suppose; presume; take on; bear
He looked at me long and hard: I turned my eyes from him, fixed them on the fire, and tried to assume and maintain a quiet.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
address  Speak
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power or quality of pleasing or delighting; attractiveness; item worn for its supposed magical benefit
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make a formal speech to; deal with or discuss; direct efforts or attention of
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a ball of thread or cord; thread; something guides or directs anything of a doubtful or intricate nature
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light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France
afford  Speak
Exercise
small shop within a large department store or supermarket
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light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France
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pay; provide; have the financial means for; bear the cost of
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
anniversary  Speak
Exercise
annual; yearly; annual return of the day on which any notable event took place
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small shop within a large department store or supermarket
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invariable; repeating; continually occurring; persistent
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make an offer of; propose; offer in words; declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance
annual  Speak
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make an offer of; propose; offer in words; declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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an extra dividend to the shareholders; money paid in addition to a stated compensation
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occurring or payable every year
appreciate  Speak
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drill; make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill
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power or quality of pleasing or delighting; attractiveness; item worn for its supposed magical benefit
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invariable; repeating; continually occurring; persistent
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
attempt  Speak
Exercise
someone who pays to get goods or services
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the action of trying at something
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complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
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capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
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n. the action of trying at something


Spelling Word: attempt
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n. public sale of property to the highest bidder


Spelling Word: auction
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n. a group of people within hearing; crowd seeing a stage performance


Spelling Word: audience
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a. directed to the back or rear; unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; undeveloped


Spelling Word: backward
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n. an inlet of the sea, usually smaller than a gulf; a small body of water set off from the main body


Spelling Word: bay
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n. tied; held; committed; limit; constraint; leap; jump


Spelling Word: bound
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