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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 Word 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 Word 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


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commit: Read
/kə'mɪt/ v.
do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
And small bands of extremists may again commit heinous crimes in the name of faith.

communicate: Read
/kə'mju:nɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. convey; inform; correspond
send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
Well, it came to me that the best way to communicate is to have direct, personal contact with people.

compatible: Read
/kəm'pætɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. harmonious
harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
They were compatible neighbors, never quarreling over unimportant matters.

compile: Read
/kəm'paɪl/ v. Syn. assemble; gather; accumulate
put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
We planned to compile a list of the words most frequently used on these examinations.

complex: Read
/'kɒmplɛks/ a. Syn. intricate; compound
complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
Prescott's speech comes as ministers from around the world struggle to overcome complex arguments about how the Kyoto agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions should work.

compound: Read
/kɒm'paʊnd/ v. Syn. combine; constitute
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
The makers compound the ingredients by design.

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achieve  Read
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
adequate  Read
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sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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occurring or payable every year
adult  Read
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
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form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
alter  Read
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
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work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; creation of the highest excellence
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modify; cause to change; make different; convert
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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
ambiguous  Read
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society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
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breakdown; failure
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person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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unclear or doubtful in meaning
analogy  Read
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
append  Read
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occurring or payable every year
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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represent; advantage, benefit, interest of someone
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express an opinion; remark
appropriate  Read
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
attribute  Read
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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breakdown; failure
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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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assign; distribute according to plan
behalf  Read
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
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represent; advantage, benefit, interest of someone
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
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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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/ək'nɒlɪdʒ/ v. Syn. recognize; admit
declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Although I [___] that the Beatles' tunes sound pretty dated today, I still prefer them to the songs my brothers play.


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


Spelling Word: approximate
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/ə'ʃʊə(r)/;/ə'ʃʊər/ v. Syn. solidify; guarantee; convince
solidify; guarantee; convince
I know it, and I don't wish to palliate them, I [___] you.


Spelling Word: assure
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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:təmeɪt/ v.
replace or enhance human labor with machines
The other reason to [___] is to get people out of the dangerous circumstance.


Spelling Word: automate
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/bɒnd/ n. Syn. link; tie; connection
link; connection; uniting force or tie; binding agreement; duty
Last year, the average short-term [___] fund gained about 9%, according to Morningstar.


Spelling Word: bond
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/'kætɪgərɪ/ n. Syn. group
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
Remember, all cars are priced, booked and controlled by car [___], not by car maker or model.


Spelling Word: category