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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


accompany: Read
/ə'kʌmpənɪ/ v.
travel with; be associated with
But the night being wet and inclement, Mr. Rochester did not accompany them.

accurate: Read
/'ækjʊrət/ a. Syn. precise; correct
capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
Very Interesting, can anyone tell me, how accurate is the English translation in the posted clip?

acknowledge: Read
/ək'nɒlɪdʒ/ v. Syn. recognize; admit
declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Although I acknowledge that the Beatles' tunes sound pretty dated today, I still prefer them to the songs my brothers play.

adapt: Read
/ə'dæpt/ v. Syn. alter; modify
make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
One way to adapt is to become smaller, generation by generation.

adjacent: Read
/ə'dʒeɪsənt/ a. Syn. adjoining; neighboring
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
Philip's best friend Jason lived only four houses down the block, close but not immediately adjacent.

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.

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legal
legislate
levy
liberal
likewise
link
locate
logic
maintain
major
manipulate
manual
margin
mature
maximise
mechanism
media
mediate
medium
mental
method
migrate
military
minimal
minimise
minimum
ministry
minor
mode
modify
monitor
motive
mutual
negate
network
neutral
nevertheless
nonetheless
norm
notion
notwithstanding
nuclear
objective
obtain
obvious
occupy
occur
odd
offset
ongoing
option
orient
outcome
output
overall
overlap
overseas
panel
paradigm
paragraph
parallel
parameter
participate
partner
passive
perceive
percent
period
persist
perspective
phase
phenomenon
philosophy
physical
plus
policy
portion
pose
positive
potential
practitioner
precede
precise
predict
predominant
preliminary
presume
previous
primary
prime
principal
principle
prior
priority
proceed
process
professional
prohibit
project
promote
proportion
prospect
protocol
psychology
publication
publish
purchase
pursue
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
abandon  Speak
Exercise
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
Exercise
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
Exercise
fellow worker; associate; co-worker
Exercise
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
abstract  Speak
Exercise
appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
Exercise
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
Exercise
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Exercise
mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
accurate  Speak
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capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Exercise
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
Exercise
quote; adduce as an instance
aggregate  Speak
Exercise
gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
Exercise
person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
Exercise
capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
Exercise
gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
aid  Speak
Exercise
person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
Exercise
access; method
Exercise
unclear or doubtful in meaning
Exercise
gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
annual  Speak
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access; method
Exercise
occurring or payable every year
Exercise
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
Exercise
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
approach  Speak
Exercise
occurring or payable every year
Exercise
access; method
Exercise
gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
Exercise
estimate value; judge worth of something
assess  Speak
Exercise
estimate value; judge worth of something
Exercise
complete; consummate; make perfect
Exercise
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
Exercise
reckon; make mathematical calculation
category  Speak
Exercise
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
Exercise
express an opinion; remark
Exercise
goods; article of trade; advantage; benefit.
Exercise
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
cite  Speak
Exercise
quote; adduce as an instance
Exercise
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Exercise
gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
Exercise
fellow worker; associate; co-worker
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'ækjʊrət/ a. Syn. precise; correct
capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
Very Interesting, can anyone tell me, how [___] is the English translation in the posted clip?


Spelling Word: accurate
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/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 [___] is a persona, and you've got one."


Spelling Word: acquire
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/'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 [___] India's position on dialogue with Pakistan.


Spelling Word: alter
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/ə'næləsɪs/ n. Syn. study; investigation
study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
You can read more about those studies here, and my [___] is here.


Spelling Word: analysis
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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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/'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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/bɪ'hɑrf/ n. Syn. represent
represent; advantage, benefit, interest of someone
And I'm going to work to assure that that voice that is heard on their [___] is a roar and not a whisper.


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


Spelling Word: collapse
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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