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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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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


accommodate: Read
/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 accommodate from a full-scale musical production to one by a solo vocalist.

accumulate: Read
/ə'kju:mjʊleɪt/ v. Syn. collect
pile up; collect; mount up; increase
The tendency of Capital to accumulate is a big threat to the free market.

achieve: Read
/ə'tʃi:v/ v. Syn. accomplish; fulfill
gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
Water, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity, require the world's scientific community to come up with the means to achieve sustainable development.

acquire: Read
/ə'kwaɪə(r)/ v. Syn. obtain; gain
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
As Norman Mailer once said to me, "One of the hardest things to acquire is a persona, and you've got one."

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.

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Words of List 3 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
evident
evolve
exceed
exclude
exhibit
expand
expert
explicit
exploit
export
expose
external
extract
facilitate
factor
feature
federal
fee
file
final
finance
finite
flexible
fluctuate
focus
format
formula
forthcoming
foundation
framework
function
fund
fundamental
furthermore
gender
generate
generation
globe
goal
grade
grant
guarantee
guideline
hence
hierarchy
highlight
hypothesis
identical
identify
ideology
ignorant
illustrate
image
immigrate
impact
implement
implicate
implicit
imply
impose
incentive
incidence
incline
income
incorporate
index
indicate
individual
induce
inevitable
infer
infrastructure
inherent
inhibit
initial
initiate
injure
innovate
insert
insight
inspect
instance
institute
instruct
integral
integrate
integrity
intelligence
intense
interact
intermediate
internal
interpret
interpretation
interval
intervene
intrinsic
invest
investigate
invoke
involve
isolate
issue
item
journal
justify
label
labour
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
access  Speak
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
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approach; entry; entrance
acknowledge  Speak
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quote; adduce as an instance
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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link; connection; uniting force or tie; binding agreement; duty
aggregate  Speak
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gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
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assign; distribute according to plan
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make amends for; reimburse
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
alternative  Speak
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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occur at the same time as; correspond
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
amend  Speak
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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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gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
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have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
append  Speak
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
area  Speak
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plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
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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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link; connection; uniting force or tie; binding agreement; duty
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
assemble  Speak
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fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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put together; bring or call together into a group or whole
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group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
authority  Speak
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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stop; terminate; put an end to; discontinue
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
benefit  Speak
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/'æbstrækt/ a. Syn. theoretical; abstruse
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
To him, hunger was an [___] concept; he had never missed a meal.


Spelling Word: abstract
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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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/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'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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/'ænjʊəl/ a.
occurring or payable every year
It says that the Queen's role in the [___] state opening of parliament should be changed.


Spelling Word: annual
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/ə'pɛnd/ v. Syn. attach
attach; add as supplement or appendix
When you [___] a bibliography to a text, you have just created an supplementary material.


Spelling Word: append
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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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/'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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/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