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root out   Speak
v. eradicate, eliminate
inorganic   Speak
a. not consisting of or deriving from living matter
pulsar   Speak
n. a tiny dense star that sends out radio waves
strip   Speak
v. remove all coverings from; leave bare of accessories or fittings
irrational   Speak
a. not logical or reasonable
account for   Speak
v. to give a reason or explanation for something
ponder   Speak
v. think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion
implication   Speak
n. the conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated
dough   Speak
n. a thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry
spatula   Speak
n. an implement with a broad, flat, blunt blade, used for mixing and spreading things
 4000 IELTS Academic Words
1   Overview:
IELTS academic test is widely accepted in English countries. Its score is one of the keys to university or college admission. This 4000 IELTS vocabulary is to help you own a strong words list in the IELTS academic test.

In all English tests, vocabulary level is an essential factor in evaluating language ability; IELTS has no exception. All test sections rely on strong vocabulary to succeed. However, IELTS academic word list isn't a fixed or constant word set. If you search on the Internet, you can see many vocabularies called IELTS academic vocabularies.

So the first step is to choose an IELTS vocabulary for your circumstance: Does this 4000 IELTS Vocabulary Words meet your case? We divide the words into 3 levels; each level consists of 4 groups. If you are interested in the words of all groups (1-12), watch them here.



If you think it matches your case, you can start to work on it. It's long but deserves to spend time. Besides, we remind you this list is based on IELTS general vocabulary. As academic test-takers, IELTS general vocabulary is the foundation, which you shouldn't ignore.

Last but not least, you should know that building vocabulary takes lots of time, and its result plays a crucial factor in the final score. We hope this word list can assist you in building IELTS academic vocabulary. If you cannot set your goal or doubt your plan, go to the IELTS Official Website, which will help you make a right decision.

2   Alternative Solutions:
If you doubt whether this 4000 IELTS Academic Vocabulary is the right option, this section gives you some alternative methods and vocabularies.

Alternative Methods
Study a word list isn't a unique way to enrich IELTS vocabulary, and this 4000 vocabulary isn't the only list either. If you have half or one year to prepare, there are some other options to accumulate IELTS vocabulary. 20 Ways to Build IELTS Vocabulary introduces some proven ways.

You may learn new words in TV, news, ads, and daily readings that IELTS exam materials likely come from. Every word has own frequency in specified circumstance. IELTS test has own convention to select materials too, for example, many recent academic reading objects are originated from Economist or BBC.

Alternative Vocabularies - Writing and Speaking
However, if your time frame is very tight, or this 4000 vocabulary is relatively tough, you have to get a more flexible and practical substitute to work. Pick up a dictionary by random to prepare IELTS test isn't a good idea. Your effort and reward both depend on your current level.

For those who want to sharpen IELTS writing vocabulary, this 4000 words list seems large. Instead, IELTS Writing Task Vocabulary collects a short but hard writing vocabulary.

If speaking test is your shortage, enhance speaking vocabulary from 100 IELTS Speaking Words will strengthen your confidence to face examiners.

Alternative Vocabularies - Other Wordlists
Students with separate levels or situations may choose differently. Some like a shortlist because time matters; others prefer to learn difficult and large vocabulary in order to pursue a high score. We do know this 4000 IELTS vocabulary cannot cover all test takers' cases, for those who are looking for lighter or smaller lists, 10 Popular IELTS Vocabularies may give some clues.

Two of them possibly you are interested.

If your schedule is very tight, or you just need a passed score, suggest to view 500 IELTS Vocabulary, a short but proven academic vocabulary for students who are in English countries.

The 6000 IELTS Vocabulary Words actually consists of 2000+ words that are not in the 4000 IELTS Academic Words, low frequency but useful, an excellent supplement after your finishing the first 4000 words.

3   Words' EBook, PDF, and Cards:
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IELTS Vocabulary PDF List
Some students like using PDF lists to learn and review words. We do offer a handy feature to make a PDF word list of each group. Below are demos of Level 1's first group, including 9 non-English explanations.If you have a VIP account, you can print all groups' word list from the website; the details are in:

IELTS Vocabulary Cards
Cards are useful tools for some students to study new words. We offer two buttons to make one-side and two-side flashcards for each group. Below are one-side cards for Level 1's first group, including 9 non-English explanations.If you have a VIP account, you can print all groups' cards, either one-side or two-side, from the website; the details are in:

DIY - PDF of IELTS vocabulary
May I DIY PDF file of the 4000 IELTS words? Yes, you can run Print Vocabulary in PDF directly. This app can load all vocabularies of this website, please select '4000 IELTS Academic Words', filter and edit words, and create PDF by browsers. It's a free and handy tool to make your IELTS vocabulary PDF file.

If you need more flexible solutions, please go to Download IELTS Vocabulary PDF. In addition to print the whole group, it tells you how to leverage other free Internet PDF tools to produce a PDF file based on this IELTS vocabulary in a few minutes.

4   Manage Word Status:
To speed up your studying, you can manage words by marking them as New, Known, and Review status. There are two ways: Note page or Panel page to manage words' statuses. You can also save statuses to the cloud and sync back if your device has trouble or want to switch to other devices.

Word status works for all vocabularies on the website, including 4000 IELTS Academic Words. It is a handy flag to skip known words and focus on new and half-familiar words.

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Words of Group 1: (Part of words, select list to view all.)
abandon
abort
abortion
absurd
abuse
academic
academy
access
account
accountant
accurate
accuse
accused
acid
acknowledge
address
adjust
administration
adopt
adore
adult
affect
affection
afford
agency
agenda
aggressive
agreement
aid
air
aisle
alarm
album
alien
alliance
ally
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6   Demonstrate word list style:
coach   Pronounce
n. tutor; teacher; a vehicle carrying many passengers
When the players and coach arrive back later today, they'll be greeted as national heroes in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held.
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code   Pronounce
n. body of law; system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; system of symbols, letters, or words
Do you know the postal code of this postal district?
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coincidence   Pronounce
n. two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
Was it just a coincidence that she and John had chanced to meet at the market, or was he deliberately trying to seek her out?
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combat   Pronounce
v. struggle as with an opposing force; fight with
The ship has to combat the wind and waves this morning.
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comedy   Pronounce
n. light and humorous drama with a happy ending
Anne Bancroft was also a regular in the comedy films made by her beloved second husband, Mel Brooks.
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comment   Pronounce
v. express an opinion; remark
She refused to comment about David Beckham's eye injury.
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7   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
alternative  Speak
Exercise
n. one of two or more things, ideas, or courses of action that may be used; option or choice
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a. relation of direct opposition; very opposed in nature or character or purpose
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n. a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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a. money-making; involved in work that is intended for the mass market
ambassador  Speak
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n. authorized messenger or representative
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v. cut small pieces from; diminish or reduce to shape; break or crack
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n. confederate; partner; collaborator
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a. cool; freeze; a feeling of cold
bargain  Speak
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v. blame; say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind
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n. agreement between parties concerning the sale of property
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a. money-making; involved in work that is intended for the mass market
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n. an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
bend  Speak
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n. fee for services; a group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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v. strain or move out of a straight line; curve; turn toward some certain point
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v. cut small pieces from; diminish or reduce to shape; break or crack
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n. electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
candidate  Speak
Exercise
n. fee for services; a group of people appointed to find out about something; authorize
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n. a person who is considered for something; a person who is nominated for an office, prize, or honor
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n. person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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n. general name applied to various insects
chapter  Speak
Exercise
n. division of a book or treatise; assembly of monks; bishop's council; organized branch of some society
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v. support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify
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n. state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union of interests between families, states, parties
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n. agreement between parties concerning the sale of property
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8   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] v. change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable


Spelling Word: adjust
Read [Esc] n. any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger


Spelling Word: alarm
Read [Esc] a. annual; yearly; annual return of the day on which any notable event took place


Spelling Word: anniversary
Read [Esc] n. ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool


Spelling Word: beam
Read [Esc] n. carrying another part; patient endurance; suffering without complaint; the act of producing or giving birth


Spelling Word: bearing
Read [Esc] n. wooden boards collectively; act of entering a ship; supplying with meals and lodgings for pay


Spelling Word: boarding
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