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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)
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


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.

adult: Read
/'ædʌlt/ n.
one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
Not clear from the video if the adult is a man or woman, but he or she is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

affect: Read
/ə'fɛkt/ v.
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
The move is likely to affect women and girls all over the world as international brands such as Mango and Zara have signed up to the agreement.

aid: Read
/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 aid from the government.

allocate: Read
/'æləkeɪt/ v. Syn. assign
assign; distribute according to plan
Even though the Red Cross did allocate a large sum for the relief of the sufferers of the disaster, many people perished.

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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
abandon  Speak
Exercise
do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
Exercise
randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
Exercise
occurring or payable every year
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
access  Speak
Exercise
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
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approach; entry; entrance
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
accommodate  Speak
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
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passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
alternative  Speak
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assign; distribute according to plan
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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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fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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suppose; presume; take on; bear
analysis  Speak
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occurring or payable every year
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
annual  Speak
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majority; main part; volume; mass
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occurring or payable every year
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mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
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assign; distribute according to plan
assess  Speak
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modify; cause to change; make different; convert
Exercise
appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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administer; supply; supervise or be in charge of
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estimate value; judge worth of something
attitude  Speak
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achieve or accomplish; gain
Exercise
make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
Exercise
replace or enhance human labor with machines
Exercise
posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
automate  Speak
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having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
Exercise
replace or enhance human labor with machines
Exercise
attach; add as supplement or appendix
Exercise
assign; distribute according to plan
bulk  Speak
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
Exercise
having the ability required for a specific task
Exercise
majority; main part; volume; mass
Exercise
achieve or accomplish; gain
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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/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.


Spelling Word: ambiguous
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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'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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/'ɑrbɪtrərɪ/;/'ɑrrbɪtrɛrɪ/ a. Syn. capricious; impulse
randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
He threw an [___] assortment of clothes into his suitcase and headed off, not caring where he went.


Spelling Word: arbitrary
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/'ɛərɪə/ n.
plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
His special interest lies in the [___] of literature.


Spelling Word: area
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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'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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/'keɪpəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. competent
having the ability required for a specific task
Canadian politicians have been in [___] of ending this primitive practice.


Spelling Word: capable