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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:
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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


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

channel: Read
/'tʃæn(ə)l/ n.
passage for water or other fluids to flow through; bed of a stream or river; route of communication or access
You should take her request through official channel, there is no private room for her issue.

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

cite: Read
/saɪt/ v. Syn. quote
quote; adduce as an instance
She could cite passages in the Bible from memory.

clarify: Read
/'klærɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. illuminate; elucidate
make clear and comprehensible; elucidate
A Japanese delegation has started talks in North Korea to try to clarify the fate of at least ten Japanese citizens who were abducted by the communist state.

clause: Read
/klɔ:z/ n. Syn. sentence; phrase
sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
Congress insisted on an exclusion clause for seventeen-year-olds.

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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
abandon  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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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
academy  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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send information about; make known; impart; reveal clearly
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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approach; entry; entrance
adult  Speak
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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modify; cause to change; make different; convert
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sentence; phrase; distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document
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approach; come near
analogy  Speak
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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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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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
analysis  Speak
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
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study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
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reckon; make mathematical calculation
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graph; diagram; map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators
append  Speak
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preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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breakdown; failure
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attach; add as supplement or appendix
assess  Speak
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approach; come near
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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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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having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
attitude  Speak
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knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
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achieve or accomplish; gain
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
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capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
available  Speak
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express an opinion; remark
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posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
aware  Speak
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knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
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combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'ædɪkwət/ a. Syn. sufficient; enough
sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
England missed key players through injury, lacked [___] preparation and was unable to match Australia's skill.


Spelling Word: adequate
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/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 [___].


Spelling Word: adjacent
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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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/ɔ:l'bi:ɪt/ ad.
even though; although; notwithstanding
This question bothers me, [___] from a different perspective.


Spelling Word: albeit
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/ɔ:l'tɜrnətɪv/ a.
one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
Electron Instruments believed its desktop SEM was vastly superior to the next best [___] from a Japanese competitor.


Spelling Word: alternative
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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'teɪn/ v. Syn. gain
achieve or accomplish; gain
The scarecrow sought to [___] one goal: he wished to obtain a brain.


Spelling Word: attain
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/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding [___] was his kindness.


Spelling Word: attribute
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/'ɔ:θə(r)/ n.
beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
The mayor of the village, in delivering the prize to the [___] of it, made a warm speech.


Spelling Word: author