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iteration   Speak
n. the repetition of a process or utterance
span   Speak
n. the full extent of something from end to end; the amount of space that something covers
accumulate   Speak
v. gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of
domino effect   Speak
n. the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events
proliferate   Speak
v. increase rapidly in numbers; multiply
burden   Speak
n. the amount of growth or substance present in a human or animal body or test sample
impactful   Speak
a. having a major impact or effect
engage with   Speak
v. get involved with other people and their ideas in order to understand them
tactile   Speak
a. of or connected with the sense of touch
residual   Speak
a. remaining after the greater part or quantity has gone
 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:
chapter   Pronounce
n. division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
A new chapter in a novel is something like a new scene in a play.
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charity   Pronounce
n. activity or gift that benefits the public at large
This is potentially embarrassing for those involved in the concerts, as the rock stars use charity to disguise self-promotion.
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chart   Pronounce
n. graph; diagram;  map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
A fisherman's chart may be the crucial evidence that finally helps to rest the mystery of what happened to Roald Amundsen.
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chat   Pronounce
n. talk without exchanging too much information; informal conversation
Inviting others into the chat is as simple as sending them a human-readable URL, and nobody has to sign up or answer an invitation email.
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cheer   Pronounce
n. the lightness of spirits or mood; source of joy or happiness; festive food and drink; refreshment
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for everyone to hear!
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chew   Pronounce
v. bite and grind with the teeth
You must chew your food well before you swallow it.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
accurate  Speak
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n. unmarried men; the first or lowest academic degree conferred by universities and colleges
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v. make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
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a. convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
adjust  Speak
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v. declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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v. change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable
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a. difficult to analyze or understand
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a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
apart  Speak
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n. a group of people within hearing; crowd seeing a stage performance
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ad. separately, regarding space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside
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a. awake, thinking, and knowing what is happening around you; alert
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v. blend; fuse; merge
aspirin  Speak
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n. white crystalline compound drug to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation
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n. cell; compartment; room
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v. change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable
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n. people who buy goods or services
auction  Speak
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a. related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to the scholarly organization; based on formal education
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a. having the ability required for a specific task
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a. short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
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n. public sale of property to the highest bidder
bake  Speak
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n. bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
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v. direct the course of; manage or control; lead or guide
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v. 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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ad. separately, regarding space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] n. the action of trying at something


Spelling Word: attempt
Read [Esc] a. appealing; pleasing; inviting; tempting


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


Spelling Word: bay
Read [Esc] n. house or shed built for temporary occupation; covered stall or temporary structure


Spelling Word: booth
Read [Esc] n. place abounding in trees or shrubs; the wild forest


Spelling Word: bush
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