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root out   Speak
v. eradicate, eliminate
inorganic   Speak
a. not consisting of or deriving from living matter
pulsar   Speak
n. a tiny dense star that sends out radio waves
strip   Speak
v. remove all coverings from; leave bare of accessories or fittings
irrational   Speak
a. not logical or reasonable
account for   Speak
v. to give a reason or explanation for something
ponder   Speak
v. think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion
implication   Speak
n. the conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated
dough   Speak
n. a thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry
spatula   Speak
n. an implement with a broad, flat, blunt blade, used for mixing and spreading things
 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:
confidential   Pronounce
a. treated with confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; secret
He has been on confidential missions to Berlin; all of us don't know his secret trip.
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conflict   Pronounce
n. fight; struggle; incompatibility of dates or events
According to the United Nations, malnutrition rates have now been cut by half since the start of the conflict.
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confusion   Pronounce
n. a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; lack of clarity or order
My uncle got into the back of the car, scratching his head in confusion, having missed the episode completely.
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conscience   Pronounce
n. motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles; source of moral or ethical judgment
The truth in conscience is immediately near to me, as near the seed that rests upon the wayside.
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conspiracy   Pronounce
n. plot; intrigue; agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act
Information minister Jerry Gana released a statement in which he says there has been an international media conspiracy against Nigeria.
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constitution   Pronounce
n. law determining the fundamental political principles of a government; the act of forming something
President Putin said Britain knew Russia's constitution prohibits such extradition.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abort  Speak
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n. a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
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v. stop; terminate before completion; terminate a pregnancy
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ad. just; only; hardly; scarcely
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n. public entertainment of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
amaze  Speak
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v. astonish; affect with wonder
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v. strain or move out of a straight line; curve; turn toward some certain point
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v. get in touch with; reach
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n. stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; amount or object risked in a wager
appreciate  Speak
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ad. just; only; hardly; scarcely
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v. dash or dart off; move or jump suddenly
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v. blend; fuse; merge
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v. be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
approach  Speak
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v. revoke; call off; omit or delete
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v. get in touch with; reach
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n. 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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n. a way of considering or doing something
approval  Speak
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v. strain or move out of a straight line; curve; turn toward some certain point
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n. talk without exchanging too much information; informal conversation
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n. stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; amount or object risked in a wager
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n. official approbation; endorsement; an act of approving
awful  Speak
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n. talk without exchanging too much information; informal conversation
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a. affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt
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n. male of any species of cattle; large, strong, and aggressive person; optimist regarding business conditions
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a. causing fear, dread, or terror; extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] v. accept; take on; raise; take into one's family


Spelling Word: adopt
Read [Esc] a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly


Spelling Word: aggressive
Read [Esc] n. essay; editorial; individual thing or element of a class


Spelling Word: article
Read [Esc] ad. just; only; hardly; scarcely


Spelling Word: barely
Read [Esc] n. stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; amount or object risked in a wager


Spelling Word: bet
Read [Esc] a. of white or pale color; without color; empty; void


Spelling Word: blank
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