The Academic Word List

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About the list

The Academic Word List was created by Averil Coxhead at Victoria University in New Zealand. She analysed journals, texts and course notes in a range of disciplines, to establish the most common words. There are 570 words (word families) in the list.

Studies show that to read a text and have a reasonable understanding, the reader needs to know 95 out of every 100 words. If vocabulary is too limited, the reader will have trouble reading academic texts and newspapers. Knowledge of the vocabulary in the list will help students in English language tests such as IELTS and will be useful for EFL students currently studying in English at University or College.

Useful websites

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ESL Desk Excellent for AWL spelling.
Better English Example sentences and collocations - most of the AWL words are here.

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analyse
approach
area
assess
assume
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constitute
context
contract
create
data
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establish
estimate
evidence
export
factor
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indicate
individual
interpret
involve
issue
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occur
percent
period
policy
principle
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role
section
sector
significant
similar
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authority
available
benefit
concept
consist
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define
derive
distribute
economy
environment
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finance
formula
function
identify
income
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labour
legal
legislate
major
method
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proceed
process
require
research
respond
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source
specific
structure
theory
vary
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achieve
acquire
administer
affect
appropriate
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collocations
community
complex
computer
conclude
conduct
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design
distinct
element
equate
evaluate
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institute
invest
item
journal
maintain
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potential
previous
prime
purchase
range
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restrict
security
seek
select
site
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collocations
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aspect
assist
category
chapter
commission
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consequence
construct
consume
credit
culture
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feature
final
focus
impact
injury
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normal
obtain
participate
perceive
positive
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collocations
region
regulate
relevant
resident
resource
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strategy
survey
text
tradition
transfer

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short story
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alternative
circumstance
comment
compensate
component
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convene
coordinate
core
corporate
correspond
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emphasis
ensure
exclude
framework
fund
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interact
justify
layer
link
locate
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philosophy
physical
proportion
publish
react
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sex
shift
specify
sufficient
task
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consent
considerable
constant
constrain
contribute
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criteria
deduce
demonstrate
document
dominate
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illustrate
immigrate
imply
initial
instance
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maximise
minor
negate
outcome
partner
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register
rely
remove
scheme
sequence
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technical
technique
technology
valid
volume
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access
adequate
annual
apparent
approximate
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communicate
concentrate
confer
contrast
cycle
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error
ethnic
goal
grant
hence
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internal
investigate
job
label
mechanism
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parallel
parameter
phase
predict
principal
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resolve
retain
series
statistic
status
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attitude
attribute
civil
code
commit
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debate
despite
dimension
domestic
emerge
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hypothesis
implement
implicate
impose
integrate
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obvious
occupy
option
output
overall
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prior
professional
project
promote
regime
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stress
subsequent
sum
summary
undertake
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academic
adjust
alter
amend
aware
consult
contact
decline
discrete
draft
evolve
expand
expose
external
facilitate
licence
logic
marginal
medical
mental
orient
perspective
precise
prime
psychology
style
substitute
sustain
symbolic
target
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capacity
challenge
clause
compound
conflict
enable
energy
enforce
entity
equivalent
fundamental
generate
generation
image
liberal
modify
monitor
network
notion
objective
pursue
ratio
reject
revenue
stable
transition
trend
version
welfare
whereas
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abstract
accurate
acknowledge
aggregate
allocate
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capable
cite
cooperate
discriminate
display
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exceed
expert
explicit
federal
fees
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incident
incorporate
index
inhibit
initiate
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migrate
minimum
ministry
motivate
neutral
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recover
reveal
scope
subsidy
tape
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assign
attach
author
bond
brief
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diverse
domain
edition
enhance
estate
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flexible
furthermore
gender
ignore
incentive
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input
instruct
intelligent
interval
lecture
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nevertheless
overseas
precede
presume
rational
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trace
transform
transport
underlie
utility
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adapt
adult
advocate
aid
channel
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contrary
convert
couple
decade
definite

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empirical
equip
extract
file
finite
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identical
ideology
infer
innovate
insert
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phenomenon
priority
prohibit
publication
quote
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collocations
submit
successor
survive
thesis
topic
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chemical
classic
comprehensive
comprise
confirm
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deny
differentiate
dispose
dynamic
eliminate
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foundation
globe
grade
guarantee
hierarchy
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collocations
intervene
isolate
media
mode
paradigm
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release
reverse
simulate
sole
somewhat
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collocations
transmit
ultimate
unique
visible
voluntary
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abandon
accompany
accumulate
ambiguous
append
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clarify
commodity
complement
conform
contemporary
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deviate
displace
dramatic
eventual
exhibit
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induce
inevitable
infrastructure
inspect
intense
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plus
practitioner
predominant
prospect
radical
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tense
terminate
theme
thereby
uniform
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appreciate
arbitrary
automate
bias
chart
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contradict
crucial
currency
denote
detect
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exploit
fluctuate
guideline
highlight
implicit
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manipulate
minimise
nuclear
offset
paragraph
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random
reinforce
restore
revise
schedule
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vehicle
via
virtual
visual
widespread
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accommodate
analogy
anticipate
assure
attain
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commence
compatible
concurrent
confine
controversy
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duration
erode
ethic
format
found
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mature
mediate
medium
military
minimal
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preliminary
protocol
qualitative
refine
relax
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sphere
subordinate
supplement
suspend
team
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behalf
bulk
cease
coherent
coincide
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converse
device
devote
diminish
distort
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inherent
insight
integral
intermediate
manual
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mutual
norm
overlap
passive
portion
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restrain
revolution
rigid
route
scenario
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temporary
trigger
unify
violate
vision

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adjacent
albeit
assemble
collapse
colleague
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enormous
forthcoming
incline
integrity
intrinsic
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odd
ongoing
panel
persist
pose
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compile
conceive
convince
depress
encounter
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invoke
levy
likewise
nonetheless
notwithstanding

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reluctant
so-called
straightforward
undergo
whereby
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quizlet C

     

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