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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


administrate: Read
/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 administrate and enforce.

advocate: Read
/'ædvəkət/ v. Syn. urge; support
speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
The some doctors advocate a smoking ban in the entire house.

aggregate: Read
/'ægrɪgət/ v. Syn. gather; accumulate
gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time.

albeit: Read
/ɔ:l'bi:ɪt/ ad.
even though; although; notwithstanding
This question bothers me, albeit from a different perspective.

alter: Read
/'ɔ:ltə(r)/ v. Syn. modify; change; convert
modify; cause to change; make different; convert
In public neither Mr. Blair's visit nor the regional summit in Nepal has done anything to alter India's position on dialogue with Pakistan.

ambiguous: Read
/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.

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Words of List 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
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
abandon  Speak
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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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do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
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put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
accommodate  Speak
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speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
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do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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occurring or payable every year
achieve  Speak
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
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speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
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assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
acknowledge  Speak
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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occurring or payable every year
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majority; main part; volume; mass
adjust  Speak
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
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adapt; regulate
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fasten; annex; be in contact with
alter  Speak
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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modify; cause to change; make different; convert
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graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
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majority; main part; volume; mass
analysis  Speak
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occur at the same time as; correspond
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goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
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even though; although; notwithstanding
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
annual  Speak
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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
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adapt; regulate
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occurring or payable every year
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short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
anticipate  Speak
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quote; adduce as an instance
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
approach  Speak
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put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
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access; method
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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reckon; make mathematical calculation
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/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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/'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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/'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'proʊtʃ/ n. Syn. access; method
access; method
Faced with an increasingly competitive jobs market and frequent bad publicity over pay and conditions, the army is getting ever more sophisticated and corporate in its [___] to recruitment.


Spelling Word: approach
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/ə'proʊprɪət/ v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
The ranch owners [___] the lands that have originally been set aside for the Indians' use.


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


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


Spelling Word: chart
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/koʊɪn'saɪd/ v. Syn. correspond
occur at the same time as; correspond
To [___] with World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization and UN AIDS are launching a campaign to treat three million HIV sufferers by the year 2005.


Spelling Word: coincide
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/'kɒmɛnt/ v. Syn. remark; judgment
express an opinion; remark
She refused to [___] about David Beckham's eye injury.


Spelling Word: comment
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/kə'mɪʃ(ə)n/ n.
fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
China has hit back, its foreign ministry urging the Congressional [___] to wipe out its prejudice, respect the truth.


Spelling Word: commission