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IELTS Vocabulary: 500 AWL

The 500 IELTS vocabulary is so-called AWL (Academic Word List), which was rooted from a popular webpage of HONG KONG Univ. We re-organized it with new definitions and examples. As we know, students should learn at least 5000 IELTS vocabulary before taking academic test. These 500 words cannot replace hardworking of 5000 or more IELTS vocabulary, but is the first step to open the door of building vocabulary efficiently.

Firstly, it is a high frequent word list in IELTS test papers.Two types of students may be interested in the vocabulary.The first is to just start to build vocabulary.They want to get the big picture of IELTS academic vocabulary quickly.The second is in a very narrow time frame to prepare their tests, this list contains the most common words and is a proven short-cut to pass IELTS test.

English is foreign language for most of IELTS test takers.Leverage mother language's knowledge to learn new English words is a normal way for them. This IELTS vocabulary encloses definitions of 20 languages that cover most population of the world. It's a big save for ESL (English as Second Language) students.

In addition to original Chinese explanation of HONG KONG Univ, more local language explanations are appended to help ESL test takers.Open the register form page; you will see there are 20 languages available. Select your mother language; then, IELTS vocabulary will show explanations with English and your mother language together.

Each word in this IELTS academic vocabulary is demonstrated with example sentence, which plays a key part to understand and use new word in right way. Memorize words alone are usually boring, and even if you get them you won’t be very confident to use them.However, if connect a word with an example sentence, the situation will be changed, these words and sentences will enhance your both reading and writing skill.

At last, please notice this AWL is from Hong Kong. It means these words are targeted to IELTS academic test and are for students who live in English speaking areas.Lots of fundamental words are filtered because they are assumed to be known in daily activities.So this IELTS vocabulary may not be an ideal choice for test takers who are in non-English countries.

This IELTS vocabulary is too short to hunt top score. Obviously, high level students need a more powerful vocabulary to work. IELTS Academic Words List, the largest IELTS vocabulary in the website, reflects the essential vocabulary level of IELTS academic test. It's a good option for serious test takers.

IELTS Academic Words List

Besides, some students prefer to use ebook to study and review IELTS vocabulary, we have two to recommend:

IELTS 1200 Words in 30 Days (basic level)
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4000 IELTS Words (basic,middle, and high level)
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IELTS vocabulary is the foundation to pass the test. Before your starting, you should clean all questions, such as how many words to learn, how long to spend, and by what way or tool to study. If you cannot set your goal or doubt your plan, google and research some online resources may help you out, e.g.:

IELTS Official Website
English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


assign: Read
/ə'saɪn/ v. Syn. appoint; allot
appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
Never underrate the difficulties which your pupils will have to encounter, or try to persuade them that what you assign is easy.

assume: Read
/ə'sju:m/;/ə'su:m/ v. Syn. suppose; presume
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.

attach: Read
/ə'tætʃ/ v. Syn. fasten; annex
fasten; annex; be in contact with
The anti-nuclear campaigners used concrete blocks and chains to attach themselves to the rails.

attitude: Read
/'ætɪtju:d/;/'ætɪtud/ n.
posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
One of the major reasons for this change in attitude is that there's more money around.

author: Read
/'ɔ:θə(r)/ n.
beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
The mayor of the village, in delivering the prize to the author of it, made a warm speech.

automate: Read
/'ɔ:təmeɪt/ v.
replace or enhance human labor with machines
The other reason to automate is to get people out of the dangerous circumstance.

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Words of List 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
concept
conclude
concurrent
conduct
confer
confine
confirm
conflict
conform
consent
consequent
considerable
consist
constant
constitute
constrain
construct
consult
consume
contact
contemporary
context
contract
contradict
contrary
contrast
contribute
controversy
convene
converse
convert
convince
cooperate
coordinate
core
corporate
correspond
couple
create
credit
criteria
crucial
culture
currency
cycle
data
debate
decade
decline
deduce
define
definite
demonstrate
denote
deny
depress
derive
design
despite
detect
deviate
device
devote
differentiate
dimension
diminish
discrete
discriminate
displace
display
dispose
distinct
distort
distribute
diverse
document
domain
domestic
dominate
draft
drama
duration
dynamic
economy
edit
element
eliminate
emerge
emphasis
empirical
enable
encounter
energy
enforce
enhance
enormous
ensure
entity
environment
equate
equip
equivalent
erode
establish
estate
estimate
ethic
ethnic
...
Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
accommodate  Speak
Exercise
achieve or accomplish; gain
Exercise
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
Exercise
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
Exercise
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
albeit  Speak
Exercise
fasten; annex; be in contact with
Exercise
even though; although; notwithstanding
Exercise
essential quality; reputation; honor
Exercise
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
alternative  Speak
Exercise
jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
Exercise
having the ability required for a specific task
Exercise
achieve or accomplish; gain
Exercise
one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
analysis  Speak
Exercise
essential quality; reputation; honor
Exercise
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
Exercise
replace or enhance human labor with machines
Exercise
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
appropriate  Speak
Exercise
send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
Exercise
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Exercise
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
Exercise
gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
assume  Speak
Exercise
graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
Exercise
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
Exercise
suppose; presume; take on; bear
Exercise
one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
capable  Speak
Exercise
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
Exercise
having the ability required for a specific task
Exercise
suppose; presume; take on; bear
Exercise
gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
capacity  Speak
Exercise
suppose; presume; take on; bear
Exercise
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
Exercise
mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
Exercise
body of law; system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; system of symbols, letters, or words
chapter  Speak
Exercise
division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
Exercise
fasten; annex; be in contact with
Exercise
harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
Exercise
complete; consummate; make perfect
chart  Speak
Exercise
graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
Exercise
replace or enhance human labor with machines
Exercise
form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
Exercise
even though; although; notwithstanding
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
Read [Esc]
/'ædɪkwət/ a. Syn. sufficient; enough
sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
England missed key players through injury, lacked [___] preparation and was unable to match Australia's skill.


Spelling Word: adequate
Read [Esc]
/'ædvəkət/ v. Syn. urge; support
speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
The some doctors [___] a smoking ban in the entire house.


Spelling Word: advocate
Read [Esc]
/ɔ:l'bi:ɪt/ ad.
even though; although; notwithstanding
This question bothers me, [___] from a different perspective.


Spelling Word: albeit
Read [Esc]
/ə'mɛnd/ v. Syn. correct; improve
change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
Would McCain [___] executive orders to ensure that communications between persons outside government and White House staff are disclosed to the public?


Spelling Word: amend
Read [Esc]
/'ænəlaɪz/ v.
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Don't spend all day calling agents about fees - pick three in your locality and [___] which is the best one.


Spelling Word: analyse
Read [Esc]
/ə'tætʃ/ v. Syn. fasten; annex
fasten; annex; be in contact with
The anti-nuclear campaigners used concrete blocks and chains to [___] themselves to the rails.


Spelling Word: attach
Read [Esc]
/'ætɪtju:d/;/'ætɪtud/ n.
posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
One of the major reasons for this change in [___] is that there's more money around.


Spelling Word: attitude
Read [Esc]
/'ɔ:təmeɪt/ v.
replace or enhance human labor with machines
The other reason to [___] is to get people out of the dangerous circumstance.


Spelling Word: automate
Read [Esc]
/si:s/ v. Syn. stop; terminate
stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
We must not only [___] from the acts of sin, but we must get the vicious habits and inclinations weakened and destroyed.


Spelling Word: cease
Read [Esc]
/'tʃælɪndʒ/ v.
assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
Nowadays no one will [___] the fact that the earth is round.


Spelling Word: challenge