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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)
Available at:
Apple iBook, Google Books, Amazon Kindle, and others...

4000 IELTS Words (basic,middle, and high level)
Available at:
Amazon Kindle - US or other ebook distributors.

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


bulk: Read
/bʌlk/ n. Syn. majority; mass
majority; main part; volume; mass
Canada's largest bulk food retailer, it has more than 112 stores.

capacity: Read
/kə'pæsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. volume; ability; capability
mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
Mike had the capacity to handle several jobs at once.

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

channel: Read
/'tʃæn(ə)l/ n.
passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
You should take her request through official channel, there is no private room for her issue.

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

cite: Read
/saɪt/ v. Syn. quote
quote; adduce as an instance
She could cite passages in the Bible from memory.

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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
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
academy  Speak
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passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
alternative  Speak
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception 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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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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complete; consummate; make perfect
amend  Speak
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
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give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
annual  Speak
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
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occurring or payable every year
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
anticipate  Speak
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gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
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quote; adduce as an instance
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
area  Speak
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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achieve or accomplish; gain
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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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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
assume  Speak
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fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
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suppose; presume; take on; bear
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
brief  Speak
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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
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thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
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short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
challenge  Speak
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
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essential quality; reputation; honor
cite  Speak
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graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
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quote; adduce as an instance
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express an opinion; remark
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do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
Read [Esc]
/'æksɛs/ n. Syn. approach
approach; entry; entrance
It remains to be seen whether the multinationals like Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and BP will give in to Mr Chavez's brinksmanship as they know he needs them as much as they need [___] to his oil.


Spelling Word: access
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/ə'kɒmədeɪt/ v. Syn. adapt; oblige
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
As for the stage in the public auditorium, it can easily be adjusted to [___] from a full-scale musical production to one by a solo vocalist.


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


Spelling Word: analogy
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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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/ə'pɛnd/ v. Syn. attach
attach; add as supplement or appendix
When you [___] a bibliography to a text, you have just created an supplementary material.


Spelling Word: append
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/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 [___] is easy.


Spelling Word: assign
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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
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/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding [___] was his kindness.


Spelling Word: attribute
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/'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 [___] of it, made a warm speech.


Spelling Word: author