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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


albeit: Read
/ɔ:l'bi:ɪt/ ad.
even though; although; notwithstanding
This question bothers me, albeit from a different perspective.

alter: Read
/'ɔ:ltə(r)/ v. Syn. modify; change; convert
modify; cause to change; make different; convert
In public neither Mr. Blair's visit nor the regional summit in Nepal has done anything to alter India's position on dialogue with Pakistan.

ambiguous: Read
/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.

analogy: Read
/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
This analogy is almost always noted without further comment, although in fact it may be taken further.

analysis: Read
/ə'næləsɪs/ n. Syn. study; investigation
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
You can read more about those studies here, and my analysis is here.

anticipate: Read
/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 anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.

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Words of List 3 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
evident
evolve
exceed
exclude
exhibit
expand
expert
explicit
exploit
export
expose
external
extract
facilitate
factor
feature
federal
fee
file
final
finance
finite
flexible
fluctuate
focus
format
formula
forthcoming
foundation
framework
function
fund
fundamental
furthermore
gender
generate
generation
globe
goal
grade
grant
guarantee
guideline
hence
hierarchy
highlight
hypothesis
identical
identify
ideology
ignorant
illustrate
image
immigrate
impact
implement
implicate
implicit
imply
impose
incentive
incidence
incline
income
incorporate
index
indicate
individual
induce
inevitable
infer
infrastructure
inherent
inhibit
initial
initiate
injure
innovate
insert
insight
inspect
instance
institute
instruct
integral
integrate
integrity
intelligence
intense
interact
intermediate
internal
interpret
interpretation
interval
intervene
intrinsic
invest
investigate
invoke
involve
isolate
issue
item
journal
justify
label
labour
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
access  Speak
Exercise
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
Exercise
approach; entry; entrance
Exercise
situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Exercise
fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
accommodate  Speak
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make amends for; reimburse
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graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
Exercise
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
adequate  Speak
Exercise
one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
Exercise
include; consist of; be composed of
Exercise
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
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sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
adult  Speak
Exercise
solidify; guarantee; convince
Exercise
make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
Exercise
one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
appreciate  Speak
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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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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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occurring or payable every year
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
approach  Speak
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access; method
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occur at the same time as; correspond
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sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
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goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
aspect  Speak
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put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
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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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administer; supply; supervise or be in charge of
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knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
assign  Speak
Exercise
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
Exercise
solidify; guarantee; convince
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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modify; cause to change; make different; convert
assist  Speak
Exercise
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
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achieve or accomplish; gain
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give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
attain  Speak
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achieve or accomplish; gain
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
Exercise
quote; adduce as an instance
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/ə'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
With her parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with [___].


Spelling Word: abandon
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/'æbstrækt/ a. Syn. theoretical; abstruse
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
To him, hunger was an [___] concept; he had never missed a meal.


Spelling Word: abstract
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/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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/əd'mɪnɪstreɪt/ v.
administer; supply; supervise or be in charge of
Remember that Democrats want to increase spending and create more laws which in turn create more government to [___] and enforce.


Spelling Word: administrate
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/eɪd/ n.
person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
The company has also asked for an additional 3.50 billion dollars in [___] from the government.


Spelling Word: aid
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/ə'næləsɪs/ n. Syn. study; investigation
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
You can read more about those studies here, and my [___] is here.


Spelling Word: analysis
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/ə'pri:ʃɪeɪt/ v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
I am truly thankful for the stocks, which would [___] in value considerably in future years.


Spelling Word: appreciate
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/ə'proʊprɪət/ v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
The ranch owners [___] the lands that have originally been set aside for the Indians' use.


Spelling Word: appropriate
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/'æspɛkt/ n. Syn. respect; facet
distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
And I guess as his coming back, the education [___] is more on display than the others.


Spelling Word: aspect
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/ə'teɪn/ v. Syn. gain
achieve or accomplish; gain
The scarecrow sought to [___] one goal: he wished to obtain a brain.


Spelling Word: attain