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Academic Word List Sublist 1
Academic Word List Vocabulary, Sublist 1 (These are the 50 most common words used in English academic writing.)
Terms in this set (60)
analyse / analyze
(v) to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it
(v) to come near to somebody/something in distance or time; (v) to start dealing with a problem, task, etc. in a particular way; (n) a way of dealing with somebody/something; a way of doing or thinking about something such as a problem or a task
(n) part of a place, town, etc., or a region of a country or the world; (n) the amount of space covered by a flat surface or piece of land, described as a measurement; (n) a particular subject or activity, or an aspect of it
(v) to make a judgement about the nature or quality of somebody/something; (v) to calculate the amount or value of something
(v) to think or accept that something is true but without having proof of it; (v) [formal] to take or begin to have power or responsibility
(n) the power to give orders to people; (n) the power or right to do something; (v) to give official permission for something, or for somebody to do something
(adj) that you can get, buy or find; (adj) [of a person] free to see or talk to people
(n) an advantage that something gives you; a helpful and useful effect that something has; (v) to be useful to somebody or improve their life in some way
(n) an idea or a principle that is connected with something abstract
(v) [+ of] to be formed from the people or things mentioned; (v) [+ in] (formal) to have something as the main or only part or feature
(v) [linking verb + noun] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be considered to be something; (v) [linking verb + noun] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be the parts that together form something
(n) the situation in which something happens and that helps you to understand it; (n) the words that come just before and after a word, phrase or statement and help you to understand its meaning
(n) an official written agreement; (v) to become less or smaller; to make something become less or smaller; (v) [formal or medical] to get an illness
(v) to make something happen or exist; (v) to produce a particular feeling or impression
(n) facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions; (n) information that is stored by a computer
(v) to say or explain what the meaning of a word or phrase is; (v) to describe or show something accurately
(v) [+ from] to come or develop from something
(v) to divide a whole and give to a large number of people; (v) to share something between a number of people
(n) the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region; (v) to use less money, time, etc. than you normally use
(n) the conditions that affect the behaviour and development of somebody/something; the physical conditions that somebody/something exists in; (n) the natural world in which people, animals and plants live
(v) to start or create an organization, a system, etc. that is meant to last for a long time; (v) to start having a relationship, especially a formal one, with another person, group or country
(v) a judgement that you make without having the exact details or figures about the size, amount, cost, etc. of something
(adj) clear; easily seen
(n) one of several things that cause or influence something; (n) a number that divides into another number exactly
(n) money used to run a business, an activity or a project; (n) the activity of managing money, especially by a government or commercial organization
(n) a series of letters, numbers or symbols that represent a rule or law; (n) letters and symbols that show the parts of a chemical compound, etc.; (n) a particular method of doing or achieving something
(v) to work in the correct way; (n) a special activity or purpose of a person or thing; (n) a social event or official ceremony
(v) to recognize somebody/something and be able to say who or what they are; (v) to find or discover somebody/something
(n) the money that a person, a region, a country, etc. earns from work, from investing money, from business, etc.
(v) to show that something is true or exists; (v) point to; (v) to mention something, especially in an indirect way; (v) to be a sign of something; to show that something is possible or likely
(adj) considered separately rather than as part of a group; (n) a person considered separately rather than as part of a group
to understand (an action, mood or way of behaving) as having a certain meaning or significance
(v) to sell and send goods to another country
to cause to give full attention to or be busy with (something or someone)
a subject being talked about or questioned
labour / labor
to move with difficulty or work very hard to do something difficult; productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
allowed, required, or connected by official rules or law
to create a law or laws.
of greater importance or stature or rank
a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
1) to take place
2) to emerge in thought (usu. fol. by 'to')
a ratio that compares a number to 100
a section of time with a set beginning and end.
a set of rules or a plan that is used as a guide for action.
a basic law or belief on which an action is based
to begin or go on to do something.
a systematic order of actions used to produce or achieve something.
to have to do something because it is necessary
the study and collecting of information about something.
to say something in reply to a question
the function or position that somebody has or is expected to have in an organization, in society or in a relationship;
a part that is different or separate from the whole
a segment or part of a landscape, area, society, political system etc.
being very alike something else
1) the origin of something
2) a person or thing that provides information
relating explicitly to one person or thing
something made up of different parts that are connected in a special way
a statement that explains why something happens
to change from something else, or to be different from other things.
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