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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


access   Speak
/'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 access to his oil.
attitude   Speak
/'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.
available   Speak
/ə'veɪləb(ə)l/ a. Syn. free
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Vaccines are available but are costly and only offer relatively short-term protection so the animals need regular booster vaccinations.
cease   Speak
/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   Speak
/'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.
coherent   Speak
/koʊ'hɪərənt/ a. Syn. adhesive; cohesive
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
If the EU is to form any kind of coherent common foreign policy, it needs France and Britain singing from the same song sheet.
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conduct
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confirm
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conform
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consequent
considerable
consist
constant
constitute
constrain
construct
consult
consume
contact
contemporary
context
contract
contradict
contrary
contrast
contribute
controversy
convene
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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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academy  Speak
Exercise
preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
Exercise
school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
Exercise
adapt; regulate
Exercise
unclear or doubtful in meaning
acknowledge  Speak
Exercise
declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Exercise
make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
Exercise
short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
Exercise
achieve or accomplish; gain
administrate  Speak
Exercise
declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Exercise
essential quality; reputation; honor
Exercise
administer; supply; supervise or be in charge of
Exercise
approach; come near
alter  Speak
Exercise
replace or enhance human labor with machines
Exercise
even though; although; notwithstanding
Exercise
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
Exercise
modify; cause to change; make different; convert
analogy  Speak
Exercise
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Exercise
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
Exercise
travel with; be associated with
Exercise
do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
analysis  Speak
Exercise
gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
Exercise
modify; cause to change; make different; convert
Exercise
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
Exercise
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
anticipate  Speak
Exercise
administer; supply; supervise or be in charge of
Exercise
adapt; regulate
Exercise
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
Exercise
reckon; make mathematical calculation
approach  Speak
Exercise
plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
Exercise
goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
Exercise
school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
Exercise
access; method
approximate  Speak
Exercise
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
Exercise
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
Exercise
approach; come near
Exercise
send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
assign  Speak
Exercise
unclear or doubtful in meaning
Exercise
essential quality; reputation; honor
Exercise
appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
Exercise
make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
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/ə'dʒeɪsənt/ a. Syn. adjoining; neighboring
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near


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/'ædʌlt/ n.
one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown


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/'ædvəkət/ v. Syn. urge; support
speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something


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/'ɔ:ltə(r)/ v. Syn. modify; change; convert
modify; cause to change; make different; convert


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/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity


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/'ænəlaɪz/ v.
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately


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/ə'pærənt/ a. Syn. visible
capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye


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/ə'sɛmb(ə)l/ v. Syn. gather
put together; bring or call together into a group or whole


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/ə'veɪləb(ə)l/ a. Syn. free
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible


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/bʌlk/ n. Syn. majority; mass
majority; main part; volume; mass


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