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500 IELTS Vocabulary (AWL,HK Univ.) 1

The 500 IELTS AWL(Academic Word List) was rooted from a popular webpage of HONG KONG Univ. We re-organize it with new definitions and examples. In addition original Chinese explanation, more local language explanations are appended to help ESL test takers. This list is a proven short-cut to pass IELTS exam when your preparation is in a very narrow timeframe. In general, we suggest having at least 5000 IELTS vocabulary list before taking the academic test. These 500 words cannot replace hardworking of 5000 IELTS vocabulary, but is a short-cut to open the door of building words efficiently. At first, this is a high frequent word list in IELTS test paper. And it helps you to learn new word by native language definition. Last but not least, each word is demonstrated with sentence, which plays a key part to let students understand and use new word. If your test day is coming, don’t miss this list. These IELTS words and sentences will change your reading and writing test in very soon.


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

analogy: Read
/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
This analogy is almost always noted without further comment, although in fact it may be taken further.

analyse: Read
/'ænəlaɪz/ v.
resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
Don't spend all day calling agents about fees - pick three in your locality and analyse which is the best one.

analysis: Read
/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 analysis is here.

annual: Read
/'ænjʊəl/ a.
occurring or payable every year
It says that the Queen's role in the annual state opening of parliament should be changed.

anticipate: Read
/æn'tɪsɪpeɪt/ v. Syn. expect; predict
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.

apparent: Read
/ə'pærənt/ a. Syn. visible
capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view; visible to eye
It is apparent to all that he was guilty; do you think anyone still trusts him now?

append: Read
/ə'pɛnd/ v. Syn. attach
attach; add as supplement or appendix
When you append a bibliography to a text, you have just created an supplementary material.

appreciate: Read
/ə'pri:ʃɪeɪt/ v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
I am truly thankful for the stocks, which would appreciate in value considerably in future years.

approach: Read
/ə'proʊtʃ/ n. Syn. access; method
access; method
Faced with an increasingly competitive jobs market and frequent bad publicity over pay and conditions, the army is getting ever more sophisticated and corporate in its approach to recruitment.

appropriate: Read
/ə'proʊprɪət/ v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
The ranch owners appropriate the lands that have originally been set aside for the Indians' use.

approximate: Read
/ə'prɒksɪmət/ v. Syn. approach
approach; come near
The conclusions of yours both approximate to the truth.

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

area: Read
/'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 area of literature.

aspect: Read
/'æspɛkt/ n. Syn. respect; facet
distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
And I guess as his coming back, the education aspect is more on display than the others.

assemble: Read
/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 assemble to deliver aid.

assess: Read
/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 assess the safety of each and every ferry.

assign: Read
/ə'saɪn/ v. Syn. appoint; allot
appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
Never underrate the difficulties which your pupils will have to encounter, or try to persuade them that what you assign is easy.

assist: Read
/ə'sɪst/ v. Syn. help
give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
A good way to assist is to bring entrepreneurial and business skills to them.

assume: Read
/ə'sju:m/;/ə'su:m/ v. Syn. suppose; presume
suppose; presume; take on; bear
He looked at me long and hard: I turned my eyes from him, fixed them on the fire, and tried to assume and maintain a quiet.

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 500 IELTS Vocabulary - QuizMore Quizzes Show Quiz 
abandon  Read
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do something that cannot be changed; cause to be admitted
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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declare to be true or admit; express obligation, thanks
adequate  Read
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
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sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
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situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
adjust  Read
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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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adapt; regulate
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express an opinion; remark
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
aid  Read
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thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
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beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
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person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; helper; assistant
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
anticipate  Read
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act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
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adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
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put together; bring or call together into a group or whole
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
appropriate  Read
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having the ability required for a specific task
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
aspect  Read
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mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
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beginner, former, or first mover of anything; creator; originator; one who composes or writes book or composer
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
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give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
authority  Read
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jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
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breakdown; failure
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
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acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
bulk  Read
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majority; main part; volume; mass
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distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
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travel with; be associated with
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be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
capable  Read
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theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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having the ability required for a specific task
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appoint; allot; make over; point out authoritatively or exactly
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resolve anything complex into its elements; separate into parts for purpose of examination of each separately
 500 IELTS Vocabulary - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
Read [Esc]
/ə'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
With her parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with [___].


Spelling Word: abandon
Read [Esc]
/'æbstrækt/ a. Syn. theoretical; abstruse
theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
To him, hunger was an [___] concept; he had never missed a meal.


Spelling Word: abstract
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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
Read [Esc]
/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'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
Read [Esc]
/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
Read [Esc]
/ə'pɛnd/ v. Syn. attach
attach; add as supplement or appendix
When you [___] a bibliography to a text, you have just created an supplementary material.


Spelling Word: append
Read [Esc]
/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'wɛə(r)/ a.
knowing; having knowledge or cognizance
BPA, as you're likely [___], is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, and water bottles.


Spelling Word: aware
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/kə'pæsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. volume; ability; capability
mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
Mike had the [___] to handle several jobs at once.


Spelling Word: capacity