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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

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


circumstance: Read
/'sɜrkəmstəns/ n. Syn. situation; condition
situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Her heart is broken, but then a change in circumstance forces them to be together every day.

civil: Read
/'sɪv(ə)l/ a. Syn. civic
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
Although Internal Revenue Service agents are civil servants, they are not always courteous to suspected tax cheats.

classic: Read
/'klæsɪk/ n.
work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; creation of the highest excellence
His face was like a Greek face, very pure in outline: quite a straight, classic nose; quite an Athenian mouth and chin.

code: Read
/koʊd/ n.
body of law; system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; system of symbols, letters, or words
Do you know the postal code of this postal district?

coincide: Read
/koʊɪn'saɪd/ v. Syn. correspond
occur at the same time as; correspond
To coincide with World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization and UN AIDS are launching a campaign to treat three million HIV sufferers by the year 2005.

colleague: Read
/'kɒli:g/ n. Syn. associate
fellow worker; associate; co-worker
The abduction of the Italians, along with one Iraqi colleague, was claimed by several organizations.

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legal
legislate
levy
liberal
likewise
link
locate
logic
maintain
major
manipulate
manual
margin
mature
maximise
mechanism
media
mediate
medium
mental
method
migrate
military
minimal
minimise
minimum
ministry
minor
mode
modify
monitor
motive
mutual
negate
network
neutral
nevertheless
nonetheless
norm
notion
notwithstanding
nuclear
objective
obtain
obvious
occupy
occur
odd
offset
ongoing
option
orient
outcome
output
overall
overlap
overseas
panel
paradigm
paragraph
parallel
parameter
participate
partner
passive
perceive
percent
period
persist
perspective
phase
phenomenon
philosophy
physical
plus
policy
portion
pose
positive
potential
practitioner
precede
precise
predict
predominant
preliminary
presume
previous
primary
prime
principal
principle
prior
priority
proceed
process
professional
prohibit
project
promote
proportion
prospect
protocol
psychology
publication
publish
purchase
pursue
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academy  Speak
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
adapt  Speak
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gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
adjacent  Speak
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
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travel with; be associated with
adjust  Speak
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gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
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division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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adapt; regulate
alternative  Speak
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adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
append  Speak
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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
area  Speak
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even though; although; notwithstanding
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access; method
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plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
author  Speak
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group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
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quote; adduce as an instance
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have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
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beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
capable  Speak
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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having the ability required for a specific task
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access; method
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beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
cease  Speak
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
Read [Esc]
/ə'kju:mjʊleɪt/ v. Syn. collect
pile up; collect; mount up; increase
The tendency of Capital to [___] is a big threat to the free market.


Spelling Word: accumulate
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/'ækjʊrət/ a. Syn. precise; correct
capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
Very Interesting, can anyone tell me, how [___] is the English translation in the posted clip?


Spelling Word: accurate
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/ɔ:l'tɜrnətɪv/ a.
one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
Electron Instruments believed its desktop SEM was vastly superior to the next best [___] from a Japanese competitor.


Spelling Word: alternative
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/'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
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/'ænjʊəl/ a.
occurring or payable every year
It says that the Queen's role in the [___] state opening of parliament should be changed.


Spelling Word: annual
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/æn'tɪsɪpeɪt/ v. Syn. expect; predict
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could [___] only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.


Spelling Word: anticipate
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/ə'prɒksɪmət/ v. Syn. approach
approach; come near
The conclusions of yours both [___] to the truth.


Spelling Word: approximate
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/kə'pæsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. volume; ability; capability
mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
Mike had the [___] to handle several jobs at once.


Spelling Word: capacity
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/tʃɑrt/ n. Syn. graph; diagram
graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
A fisherman's [___] may be the crucial evidence which finally help to put to rest the mystery of what happened to Roald Amundsen.


Spelling Word: chart
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/'sɜrkəmstəns/ n. Syn. situation; condition
situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Her heart is broken, but then a change in [___] forces them to be together every day.


Spelling Word: circumstance