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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


adequate: Read
/'ædɪkwət/ a. Syn. sufficient; enough
sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
England missed key players through injury, lacked adequate preparation and was unable to match Australia's skill.

adjust: Read
/ə'dʒʌst/ v. Syn. adapt; regulate
adapt; regulate
The opera house was handed over by the builders nearly a year ago, but it's taken many months to install new stage machinery and to adjust the acoustics.

adult: Read
/'ædʌlt/ n.
one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
Not clear from the video if the adult is a man or woman, but he or she is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

affect: Read
/ə'fɛkt/ v.
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
The move is likely to affect women and girls all over the world as international brands such as Mango and Zara have signed up to the agreement.

aid: Read
/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 aid from the government.

allocate: Read
/'æləkeɪt/ v. Syn. assign
assign; distribute according to plan
Even though the Red Cross did allocate a large sum for the relief of the sufferers of the disaster, many people perished.

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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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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
acknowledge  Speak
Exercise
achieve or accomplish; gain
Exercise
preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
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element; ingredient; abstract part of something
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
adapt  Speak
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
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thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
adjust  Speak
Exercise
solidify; guarantee; convince
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even though; although; notwithstanding
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thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
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adapt; regulate
analyse  Speak
Exercise
form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
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division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
Exercise
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Exercise
having the ability required for a specific task
apparent  Speak
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make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
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travel with; be associated with
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capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
assemble  Speak
Exercise
put together; bring or call together into a group or whole
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element; ingredient; abstract part of something
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represent; advantage, benefit, interest of someone
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reckon; make mathematical calculation
author  Speak
Exercise
complete; consummate; make perfect
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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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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
Exercise
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
cease  Speak
Exercise
stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
Exercise
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Exercise
capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
Exercise
pile up; collect; mount up; increase
challenge  Speak
Exercise
beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
Exercise
society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
Exercise
assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
Exercise
put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
chapter  Speak
Exercise
division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
Exercise
do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
Exercise
beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
Exercise
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
Read [Esc]
/ə'kædəmɪ/ n.
school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
The mission of our [___] is actually to ensure the health and the well-being of all children.


Spelling Word: academy
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/ə'dʒeɪsənt/ a. Syn. adjoining; neighboring
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
Philip's best friend Jason lived only four houses down the block, close but not immediately [___].


Spelling Word: adjacent
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/ə'dʒʌst/ v. Syn. adapt; regulate
adapt; regulate
The opera house was handed over by the builders nearly a year ago, but it's taken many months to install new stage machinery and to [___] the acoustics.


Spelling Word: adjust
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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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/'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
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/ɔ:'θɒrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. jurisdiction; power
jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
The laws will reinforce Australia's [___] to turn boats away from Australia.


Spelling Word: authority
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/ə'wɛə(r)/ a.
knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
BPA, as you're likely [___], is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, and water bottles.


Spelling Word: aware
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/'baɪəs/ n. Syn. prejudice; preference
preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
Now that I can daily watch their news reports on Star Choice, I can tell you that the [___] is as deep there as anywhere.


Spelling Word: bias
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/'keɪpəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. competent
having the ability required for a specific task
Canadian politicians have been in [___] of ending this primitive practice.


Spelling Word: capable
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/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 [___] of this postal district?


Spelling Word: code