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exposure   Speak
n. the act or an instance of exposing
perceive   Speak
v. become aware or conscious of something
buffet   Speak
v. (especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently
resilience   Speak
n. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
nucleate   Speak
v. begin to form
pressing   Speak
a. requiring quick or immediate action or attention
mucosal   Speak
a.  related to thin skin that covers the inside surface of parts of the body such as the nose and mouth
lining   Speak
n. a layer of different material covering the inside surface of something
tract   Speak
n. a major passage in the body, a large bundle of nerve fibers
nasal   Speak
a. of, for, or relating to the nose
 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:
audience   Pronounce
n. a group of people within hearing; crowd seeing a stage performance
You should have a clear idea about who your audience is and how you can exploit your product through the correct platform.
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available   Pronounce
a. convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Vaccines are available but are costly and only offer relatively short-term protection, so the animals need regular booster vaccinations.
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aware   Pronounce
a. knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
As you're likely aware, BPA is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, and water bottles.
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awkward   Pronounce
a. difficult to handle or manage
John Kerry recently spoke of his faith, but he's more awkward about it than President Bush's born again.
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backward   Pronounce
a. directed to the back or rear; unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; undeveloped
Although he is clever, he is backward in giving his views.
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badge   Pronounce
n. a distinctive mark, token, or sign worn on the person
He was awarded a merit badge for his bravery in the battle.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
account  Speak
Exercise
n. feeling secure or certain about something
Exercise
a. solitary; by oneself, not with any other people  
Exercise
n. activity or gift that benefits the public at large
Exercise
n. narrative or record of events; the reason given for a particular action or event
alone  Speak
Exercise
n. public sale of property to the highest bidder
Exercise
n. pasteboard for paper boxes; pasteboard box
Exercise
n. narrative or record of events; the reason given for a particular action or event
Exercise
a. solitary; by oneself, not with any other people  
amaze  Speak
Exercise
a. affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt
Exercise
v. astonish; affect with wonder
Exercise
v. bring to or direct toward a common center; unite more closely; gather into one body
Exercise
n. pasteboard for paper boxes; pasteboard box
amount  Speak
Exercise
n. official approbation; endorsement; an act of approving
Exercise
n. total of two or more quantities; aggregate; sum
Exercise
n. passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
Exercise
v. contend for; call in question; oppose; dispute
antique  Speak
Exercise
n. house or shed built for temporary occupation; covered stall or temporary structure
Exercise
n. common name for various kinds of vehicles; two-wheeled vehicle; light business wagon
Exercise
a. invariable; repeating; continually occurring; persistent
Exercise
n. any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
approval  Speak
Exercise
n. official approbation; endorsement; an act of approving
Exercise
n. field hospital organized as to follow an army in its movements; a wagon for conveying the wounded to hospital
Exercise
n. house or shed built for temporary occupation; covered stall or temporary structure
Exercise
v. acknowledge; admit that you have done something wrong
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] v. pay; provide; have the financial means for; bear the cost of


Spelling Word: afford
Read [Esc] n. confederate; partner; collaborator


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


Spelling Word: battery
Read [Esc] n. something serving to influence or persuade; reward or gift to prevent judgment


Spelling Word: bribe
Read [Esc] n. a small room on a ship or boat where people sleep


Spelling Word: cabin
Read [Esc] n. room or rooms under a building, and usually below the surface of the ground


Spelling Word: cellar
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