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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

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


abstract: Read
/'æbstrækt/ a. Syn. theoretical; abstruse
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.

access: Read
/'æksɛs/ n. Syn. approach
approach; entry; entrance
It remains to be seen whether the multinationals like Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and BP will give in to Mr Chavez's brinksmanship as they know he needs them as much as they need access to his oil.

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.

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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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accompany  Speak
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travel with; be associated with
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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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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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
acknowledge  Speak
Exercise
fellow worker; associate; co-worker
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
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work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; creation of the highest excellence
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
adjacent  Speak
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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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have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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essential quality; reputation; honor
advocate  Speak
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
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element; ingredient; abstract part of something
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complete; consummate; make perfect
albeit  Speak
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fasten; annex; be in contact with
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work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; creation of the highest excellence
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even though; although; notwithstanding
Exercise
having the ability required for a specific task
ambiguous  Speak
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
Exercise
make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
Exercise
unclear or doubtful in meaning
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
analogy  Speak
Exercise
adapt; regulate
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
Exercise
passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
Exercise
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
analyse  Speak
Exercise
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Exercise
solidify; guarantee; convince
Exercise
travel with; be associated with
Exercise
put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
available  Speak
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Exercise
travel with; be associated with
Exercise
plane surface, as of the floor of a room; open space in a building; the enclosed space; extent; scope; range
Exercise
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
channel  Speak
Exercise
passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
Exercise
body of law; system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; system of symbols, letters, or words
Exercise
adapt; regulate
Exercise
even though; although; notwithstanding
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/ək'nɒlɪdʒ/ v. Syn. recognize; admit
declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Although I [___] that the Beatles' tunes sound pretty dated today, I still prefer them to the songs my brothers play.


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


Spelling Word: affect
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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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/ə'prɒksɪmət/ v. Syn. approach
approach; come near
The conclusions of yours both [___] to the truth.


Spelling Word: approximate
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/ə'veɪləb(ə)l/ a. Syn. free
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
Vaccines are [___] but are costly and only offer relatively short-term protection so the animals need regular booster vaccinations.


Spelling Word: available
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/'bɛnɪfɪt/ n. Syn. welfare; gain
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Another [___] for business is the elimination of currency risk in the Euro area - the possibility that you might lose money in cross border trade because of exchange rate movements.


Spelling Word: benefit
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/'tʃæptə(r)/ n.
division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
A new [___] in a novel is something like a new scene in a play.


Spelling Word: chapter
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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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/'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