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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


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

clarify: Read
/'klærɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. illuminate; elucidate
make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
A Japanese delegation has started talks in North Korea to try to clarify the fate of at least ten Japanese citizens who were abducted by the communist state.

clause: Read
/klɔ:z/ n. Syn. sentence; phrase
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
Congress insisted on an exclusion clause for seventeen-year-olds.

coherent: Read
/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.

collapse: Read
/kə'læps/ v.
breakdown; failure
The streets of Baghdad are littered with putrefying mounds of rubbish that have been accumulating since the collapse of municipal services in March, with the arrival of coalition forces.

commence: Read
/kə'mɛns/ v. Syn. originate; start; begin
have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
Mrs. Fairfax swallowed her breakfast and hastened away to commence operations.

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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
accurate  Speak
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capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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adapt; regulate
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
aggregate  Speak
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gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
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occur at the same time as; correspond
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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make amends for; reimburse
ambiguous  Speak
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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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person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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unclear or doubtful in meaning
amend  Speak
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include; consist of; be composed of
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sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
appreciate  Speak
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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replace or enhance human labor with machines
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
attribute  Speak
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suppose; presume; take on; bear
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
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essential quality; reputation; honor
brief  Speak
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short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
bulk  Speak
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majority; main part; volume; mass
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
chapter  Speak
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
coincide  Speak
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
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occur at the same time as; correspond
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estimate value; judge worth of something
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'ægrɪgət/ v. Syn. gather; accumulate
gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers managed to [___] great wealth in short periods of time.


Spelling Word: aggregate
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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'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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/'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'sɛmb(ə)l/ v. Syn. gather
put together; bring or call together into a group or whole
Washington announced its decision to dissolve the core group of nations, the US, India, Japan and Australia, it would [___] to deliver aid.


Spelling Word: assemble
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/ə'sɛs/ v. Syn. estimate; judge
estimate value; judge worth of something
They say that they lack both the money and the resources to deploy officials across the country to [___] the safety of each and every ferry.


Spelling Word: assess
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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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/'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 [___], there is no private room for her issue.


Spelling Word: channel
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/'sɜrkəmstəns/ n. Syn. situation; condition
situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
Her heart is broken, but then a change in [___] forces them to be together every day.


Spelling Word: circumstance