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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


behalf: Read
/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 behalf is a roar and not a whisper.

bias: Read
/'baɪəs/ n. Syn. prejudice; preference
preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
Now that I can daily watch their news reports on Star Choice, I can tell you that the bias is as deep there as anywhere.

brief: Read
/bri:f/ a.
short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
When my brief career as a pop star ended, I found I had done fairly well.

capable: Read
/'keɪpəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. competent
having the ability required for a specific task
Canadian politicians have been in capable of ending this primitive practice.

category: Read
/'kætɪgərɪ/ n. Syn. group
group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
Remember, all cars are priced, booked and controlled by car category, not by car maker or model.

challenge: Read
/'tʃælɪndʒ/ v.
assert a right; raise a formal objection; take exception to
Nowadays no one will challenge the fact that the earth is round.

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concept
conclude
concurrent
conduct
confer
confine
confirm
conflict
conform
consent
consequent
considerable
consist
constant
constitute
constrain
construct
consult
consume
contact
contemporary
context
contract
contradict
contrary
contrast
contribute
controversy
convene
converse
convert
convince
cooperate
coordinate
core
corporate
correspond
couple
create
credit
criteria
crucial
culture
currency
cycle
data
debate
decade
decline
deduce
define
definite
demonstrate
denote
deny
depress
derive
design
despite
detect
deviate
device
devote
differentiate
dimension
diminish
discrete
discriminate
displace
display
dispose
distinct
distort
distribute
diverse
document
domain
domestic
dominate
draft
drama
duration
dynamic
economy
edit
element
eliminate
emerge
emphasis
empirical
enable
encounter
energy
enforce
enhance
enormous
ensure
entity
environment
equate
equip
equivalent
erode
establish
estate
estimate
ethic
ethnic
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academy  Speak
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have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
adapt  Speak
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group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
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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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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
adjust  Speak
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
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preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
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adapt; regulate
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society; a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government
alternative  Speak
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school for special instruction; society of scholars, scientists, or artists
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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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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
amend  Speak
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adapt; regulate
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fellow worker; associate; co-worker
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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quote; adduce as an instance
analogy  Speak
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
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complete; consummate; make perfect
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fasten; annex; be in contact with
appropriate  Speak
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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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approach; entry; entrance
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
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occurring or payable every year
arbitrary  Speak
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preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
area  Speak
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fee for services; group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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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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convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
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preference or inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment; influence in unfair way
capacity  Speak
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mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
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approach; come near
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one who has attained maturity or legal age; fully grown
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change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
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/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 [___] sustainable development.


Spelling Word: achieve
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/ə'dæpt/ v. Syn. alter; modify
make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
One way to [___] is to become smaller, generation by generation.


Spelling Word: adapt
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/'ædvəkət/ v. Syn. urge; support
speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
The some doctors [___] a smoking ban in the entire house.


Spelling Word: advocate
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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'mɛnd/ v. Syn. correct; improve
change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
Would McCain [___] executive orders to ensure that communications between persons outside government and White House staff are disclosed to the public?


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


Spelling Word: attribute
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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