The Vocabulary.com Top 1000

May 19, 2011
The top 1,000 vocabulary words have been carefully chosen to represent difficult but common words that appear in everyday academic and business writing. These words are also the most likely to appear on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and ToEFL.
To create this list, we started with the words that give our users the most trouble and then ranked them by how frequently they appear in our corpus of billions of words from edited sources. If you only have time to study one list of words, this is the list.
At the moment, artemisinin-based therapies are considered the best treatment, but cost about $10 per dose - far too much for impoverished communities.
The minute stain on the document was not visible to the naked eye.
The committee worked in accord on the bill, and it eventually passed.
That confidence was certainly evident in the way Smith handled the winning play with 14 seconds left on the clock.
He directed and acted in plays every season and became known for exploring Elizabethan theatre practices.
“Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities,” the agency said on its website.
The scandal broke out in October after former chief executive Michael Woodford claimed he was fired for raising concerns about the company's accounting practices.
In an unprecedented front page article in 2003 The Times reported that Mr. Blair, a young reporter on its staff, had committed journalistic fraud.
As a result, the privacy issues surrounding mobile computing are becoming ever-more complex.
Spain’s jobless rate for people ages 16 to 24 is approaching 50 percent.
A small French colony, Port Louis, was established on East Falkland in 1764 and handed to the Spanish three years later.
No one can blame an honest mechanic for holding a wealthy snob in utter contempt.
Scientists have been conducting studies of individual genes for years.
We had nearly two hundred passengers, who were seated about on the sofas, reading, or playing games, or engaged in conversation.
He delayed making the unclassified report public while awaiting an Army review, but Rolling Stone magazine obtained the report and posted it Friday night.
Meanwhile, heating oil could grow more scarce in the Northeast this winter, the Energy Department warned last month.
Inflation has lagged behind the central bank’s 2 percent target, giving policy makers extra scope to cut rates.
After three straight losing seasons, Hoosiers fans were just hoping for a winning record.
In other words, Apple’s stock is cheap, and you should buy it.
But the elderly creak is beginning to become apparent in McCartney’s voice.
Owing to these magic properties, it was often planted near dwellings to keep away evil spirits.
For a time, indeed, he had fancied that things were changed.
As a psychologist, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.
When Brown pleaded not guilty to assaulting Rihanna, their violent past came out in court.
In 1863 he was appointed by the general assembly professor of oriental languages at New College.
His interpretation of many obscure scriptural passages by means of native manners and customs and traditions is particularly helpful and informing.
An attempt was made to ignore this brilliant and irregular book, but in vain; it was read all over Europe.
In many instances large districts or towns would have fewer representatives than smaller ones, or perhaps none at all.
Martello towers must be built within short distances all round the coast.
The funds are aimed at helping build public projects including mass transit, electricity networks, water utility and ports, it said.
The developers are now seeking approval from the landmarks commission.
In 1929, Hubble independently put forward and confirmed the same idea, and the parameter later became known as the Hubble constant.
The circumstances leading up to the shootings was not immediately available.
Oil and natural gas constituted almost 50 percent of Russian government revenue last year.
Only last month did the men’s and women’s unemployment rates reach the same level.
The central bank will start distributing low-interest loans in early March to individuals and small- and medium-sized companies affected by the flooding.
Corporations have to be more and more focused on instituting higher labor standards.
But authorities had rendered the weapon and the explosive device inoperable, officials said.
To get traditional women’s accessories to appeal to men, some designers are giving them manly names and styles.
Qualities such as these are not generated under bad working practices of any sort.
Testing that theory begins Saturday night, as the Capitals take on Tampa Bay in another important contest.
Like American community colleges, admission at an open university is not competitive, but the schools offer a range of programs, including doctoral degrees.
At the same point in 2004 — as an incumbent facing re-election — Mr. Bush had taken in about $145.6 million for his campaign.
"When I broke into the big leagues until a month ago, Gary kept in touch," Mets third baseman David Wright said.
More labor is entailed, more time is required, greater delay is occasioned in cleaning up, and the amount of water used is much greater.
Ms. Stewart said Mrs. Bachmann conferred with her family and a few aides after her disappointing showing on Tuesday evening.
He had been granted entry into the White House only for the daily briefing, later that afternoon.
But it is hardly necessary to dwell on so normal an event.
The first Super Bowl in 1967 featured college marching bands entertaining the crowds at halftime.
Contracts with utilities will be signed starting next month, he said.

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Wednesday February 20th 2013, 9:07 PM
Comment by: Rebecca M. (Brandon, MS)
Nice will help tons with college papers :)
Friday February 22nd 2013, 3:38 AM
Comment by: Omar S. (India)
The only thing missing in vocabulary.com is definitely the visual pronunciation...
Wednesday March 27th 2013, 1:26 PM
Comment by: Yahya K.
Very nice ,we like so much but the problem is phonetic symbol which didn,t mentioned,if its include in it .it will pleasure for all earners.
Sunday June 23rd 2013, 1:08 PM
Comment by: Viverjita (India)
Really great list! :) Thanks
Monday July 8th 2013, 4:28 PM
Comment by: AsheR. (CA)
This is great, it is going to be really helpful in contests and exams :)
Monday July 22nd 2013, 11:26 AM
Comment by: Damian W. (Poland)
It's good, but i believe it should be split off. How to learn a 1000 words, when they don't ever repeat? ;)
Monday August 5th 2013, 9:58 PM
Comment by: Deepak (India)
Just Perfect! waiting for an iphone app :)
Friday August 16th 2013, 4:48 PM
Comment by: Mt. Ranier (CA)
Helps me master more words and really is teaching me.
Nice List!
Thursday August 22nd 2013, 12:48 AM
Comment by: rita R.
i love this site....it has helped me alott..i always wanted to learn new words which i can use in daily life bt i failed coz i used to use english dictionary feelll soooo much lucky to hav found this site..its gr8!!!!!!
Friday August 23rd 2013, 10:06 PM
Comment by: Destiny E. (KY)
i love this this but not realy good at it
Tuesday August 27th 2013, 2:03 AM
Comment by: Boy D. (Philippines)
it will take me a month or 2 o.0
Monday September 2nd 2013, 10:08 AM
Comment by: Oliver14 (Japan)
Great tool! Could you add the 'part of speech' information too? Also, it would be nice if you could choose simpler example sentences - maybe add criteria considering sentence length and vocab difficulty when selecting them?
Monday September 16th 2013, 6:53 AM
Comment by: prtsh (India)
There is some confusion with the words "jibe" and "gibe", both in the list.
Both are synonyms and have similar pronunciation.

The spelling test questions are more or less a guess work.
Monday September 16th 2013, 2:25 PM
Comment by: Assu (India)
good list!!!
Monday September 23rd 2013, 1:30 PM
Comment by: Michael M. (CO)
callange accepted
Tuesday October 15th 2013, 8:02 PM
Comment by: Isabella (MA)
This is one of my favorite sites ever. Really great job with everything here. Definitely helped me a lot with my vocabulary.
Thursday October 24th 2013, 2:06 PM
Comment by: Anisha D. (India)
Friday November 8th 2013, 7:50 PM
Comment by: jenny P.
Having a contest with my fiend to see who can get the most points over the weekend. I'm only at 113,300 I know, I have along way to go until I reach my goal of logophile, but I'm determined and will continue to learn new lists!!!
Monday November 11th 2013, 9:46 PM
Comment by: Almat (Kazakhstan)
love this list!
Saturday November 16th 2013, 10:41 AM
Comment by: Laura C. (WI)
Toil means to dig? Is that right?
Thursday November 21st 2013, 4:13 PM
Comment by: Tara (KY)
This is amazing! 1,000 words all in 1 set.
Friday November 22nd 2013, 2:12 PM
Comment by: Tara (KY)
This is great, i wish i can learn this sometime.
Monday November 25th 2013, 12:28 PM
Comment by: TurtleGo (India)
i appreciate, great effort
Tuesday November 26th 2013, 5:30 PM
Comment by: Tara (KY)
Hummock, I never knew that word.
Monday January 6th 2014, 2:09 PM
Comment by: Hammad A.
neveer lose dude
Tuesday April 29th 2014, 12:17 PM
Comment by: Dawayad (KY)
hello fellow children
Thursday May 1st 2014, 9:31 AM
Comment by: thirumurugan753 (India)
At last ,end up with great ..Hearty thanks :)
Wednesday May 21st 2014, 12:49 AM
Comment by: Mia K.
very helpful
Sunday June 8th 2014, 8:59 AM
Comment by: Katarzyna M.
Great job!
Thursday July 17th 2014, 10:52 PM
Comment by: Am G. (Canada)
How are you supposed to master all these words? -_-
Thursday August 7th 2014, 11:27 PM
Comment by: riamv (India)
Very useful forum for learning and applying English language.Keep going.Thank you.
Saturday August 16th 2014, 12:26 PM
Comment by: Polymath Wizard (Iceland)
i'm not sure if this is any good - more like top 1000 useless words (well maybe not a thousand but definitely a plethora)!!!
Thursday August 28th 2014, 7:46 AM
Comment by: Dickson L. (Ghana)
i like it very much
Thursday August 28th 2014, 7:46 AM
Comment by: Dickson L. (Ghana)
i like it very much
Tuesday September 30th 2014, 2:28 PM
Comment by: Tony Stark (TN)
good list
Monday October 6th 2014, 9:10 AM
Comment by: Nathaniel (CT)
Finally a good list that I can't finish in a few minutes!
Monday October 13th 2014, 11:48 AM
Comment by: Ozi Iqbal (Indonesia)
Would you kind to make a list of 10.000 words?
A difficult ones. :))
Tuesday October 14th 2014, 4:48 PM
Comment by: Sssyphoon
O_O This is way too hard, but interestingfor new words.
Thursday October 30th 2014, 12:57 PM
Comment by: Jens N. (Germany)
I enjoy learning the list although many times while reading the descriptions or explanations I see "old-fashioned", "rarely used nowadays". Then I find words like "tureen" or "crone" which I don´t think I will ever use. It would really be helpful if you would let the user edit the list for her/himself.
Friday December 19th 2014, 4:18 PM
Comment by: JT (PA)
I have mastered my teacher's 80 word (for now) vocabulary list so I added it so I can have extra practice and a BIG vocabulary. So far I LOVE this list!!!!!!
Wednesday January 7th 2015, 2:07 PM
Comment by: Sara A. (VA)
I like it and I really need to improve my English to be able to take the TOEFL test , BUT HOW CAN I LEARN IT?
Wednesday January 7th 2015, 2:07 PM
Comment by: Sara A. (VA)
I like it and I really need to improve my English to be able to take the TOEFL test , BUT HOW CAN I LEARN IT?
Thursday March 26th 2015, 9:24 PM
Comment by: SAHM (Honduras)
I like it. It would be great if you had other similar lists. Like the 2000 most common words and the 4000 most common words used in spoken speech.
Sunday April 12th 2015, 6:20 PM
Comment by: Deniz (CA)
Can you plz make a 10,000 word list thx!
Tuesday June 2nd 2015, 4:39 PM
Comment by: Learner L. (Turkey)
important words, good job thanks for creating this list.
Thursday July 23rd 2015, 4:09 AM
Comment by: Hi I'm Eugene (Taiwan)
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Saturday September 26th 2015, 8:35 PM
Comment by: Queen Bee (FL)
its okay but like its kinda furstrating at times
Thursday October 1st 2015, 6:31 AM
Comment by: Henry K. (United Kingdom)
Yes, interesting and helpful. As an educated (so people tell me!) speaker of British English, I notice a few subtle differences between our usage and American, for example we use substantial to mean "a large amount" of something, for example "He always eats a substantial breakfast", rather than to mean essential. Anyhow, very good, especially for students, but even for "old codgers" like me!
Wednesday October 7th 2015, 4:22 AM
Comment by: Bkash R. (India)
Thank you so so so so so so so much for list list. Helped me a lot to improve my English:)))))))))))
Saturday October 10th 2015, 2:33 AM
Comment by: Fong Danny (Viet Nam)
How to download full this list? I clicked the printing button, but i only get the 1st page.
Thank you!
Thursday October 15th 2015, 8:35 AM
Comment by: Kat (MI)
Okay, if half of these words i could understand i would have gotten them right, they need to get normal human beings to speak
Friday October 23rd 2015, 6:14 PM
Comment by: Fathima H. (United Kingdom)
nice job thank you
Thursday October 29th 2015, 3:59 PM
Comment by: King of NFS: R (AR)
This will be helpful.very
Monday November 2nd 2015, 3:30 PM
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Wednesday November 4th 2015, 5:17 AM
Comment by: Chris N.
The links are dead. Is anybody having this problem?
Wednesday November 11th 2015, 10:16 AM
Comment by: Sir Michaelis (Cambodia)

I solved like 100 words and it says my progress is 6% done
Friday November 20th 2015, 8:41 PM
Comment by: Thanh Son P. (Viet Nam)
it is wonderful !
Thursday January 7th 2016, 9:34 AM
Comment by: جلال محسن س. (Yemen)
these are well prepared and chosen
Monday January 11th 2016, 8:41 PM
Comment by: Kate (AL)
Get rid of this, teachers at my school don't realize how long these take to finish.
Tuesday January 12th 2016, 1:39 PM
Comment by: Angel C (MD)
It's so much but anyways... Ima still do it
Thursday January 14th 2016, 10:25 AM
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Wednesday February 3rd 2016, 7:45 PM
Comment by: #Let's Go Giants (CA)
Walid, we are in 19th place now. #gominers
Thursday February 11th 2016, 11:30 AM
Comment by: Ajit (India)
i'm working on 1000 word list, I find it huge. I think its would have been better it one had the option to split this in something like 100 wordlists and practice them one by one.
needless to say, this is awesome site to build your vocab.
Monday February 22nd 2016, 12:51 PM
Comment by: alfabetter (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
can 'vapid' be described as tasteless?
Wednesday February 24th 2016, 11:19 AM
Comment by: Kayla S. (NJ)
i didn't even cheat the computer lying ugggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday March 1st 2016, 2:38 PM
Comment by: Matthew 💩 (FL)
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Wednesday March 2nd 2016, 4:14 PM
Comment by: Honey Squad (TX)
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Comment by: Cristiano R. (TX)
i wish i was better at this site :( :) :(
Thursday March 10th 2016, 8:37 AM
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Thursday March 10th 2016, 1:01 PM
Comment by: Bryan L. (OH)
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Thursday March 10th 2016, 2:09 PM
Comment by: Jackson R. (OH)
spinach is good
Saturday March 12th 2016, 8:50 AM
Comment by: DarkGamr_SuNNy (CA)
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Tuesday March 15th 2016, 1:54 PM
Comment by: Eyra (Canada)
it would be a good chalenge
Wednesday March 16th 2016, 9:32 AM
Comment by: Shi Yuan (Singapore)
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Wednesday March 16th 2016, 11:40 AM
Comment by: Andy (CT-3112) (CA)
Nice list, especially when you want to boost your "words mastered" score. ;)
Thursday March 17th 2016, 5:08 PM
Comment by: Samuel Y. (SC)
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Thursday March 17th 2016, 8:24 PM
Comment by: Kevin S.
Totally useful
Thursday March 17th 2016, 10:50 PM
Comment by: Andy (CT-3112) (CA)
Anyone here a Star Wars fan/nerd/geek? Just wondering.........
Wednesday March 23rd 2016, 2:09 PM
Comment by: Colin C. (OH)
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Wednesday March 23rd 2016, 7:44 PM
Comment by: Ashli S. (OH)
Did anybody do the whole thing
Thursday March 24th 2016, 9:42 AM
Comment by: Christopher A. (OH)
geez its hard to get 1%
Thursday March 24th 2016, 2:31 PM
Comment by: Edward G. (TX)
it gives me more knowledge
Sunday March 27th 2016, 11:27 PM
Comment by: Deniz (Australia)
Is it possible to be asked again for those words that we want to learn, in long periods to be sure that we learn those words ?
Sunday April 3rd 2016, 5:50 PM
Comment by: Abhi (Canada)
This website is helping me to improve my vocabulary
Monday April 4th 2016, 1:39 PM
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Tuesday April 5th 2016, 9:17 PM
Comment by: Simoni P. (NJ)
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Wednesday April 6th 2016, 10:07 AM
Comment by: mohan K. (India)
i am new here , how to start first,what steps will i have to follow...any one please help in ths...
Thursday April 14th 2016, 11:13 AM
Comment by: dark wolf (TX)
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Friday April 15th 2016, 12:39 PM
Comment by: 🌐💤🆗Srinidhaya
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Friday April 15th 2016, 2:12 PM
Comment by: Jackson R. (OH)
I like chicken wings. Chicken wings are moist and juicy. Chicken wings are love CHICKEN WINGS ARE LIFE!
Friday April 15th 2016, 2:13 PM
Comment by: Chase B. (OH)
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Monday April 18th 2016, 10:51 AM
Comment by: Alstackzzzzz (MD)
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Comment by: Stevie G. (Jamaica)
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Monday May 2nd 2016, 11:45 AM
Comment by: dark wolf (TX)
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Monday May 2nd 2016, 12:43 PM
Comment by: Gabe T. Is Better (KY)
why so many????????????
Wednesday May 4th 2016, 8:58 AM
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Comment by: Eddy S. (MA)
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Wednesday May 4th 2016, 1:03 PM
Comment by: AC (FL)
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Wednesday May 4th 2016, 1:19 PM
Comment by: Alex T. (MO)
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Wednesday June 1st 2016, 11:01 AM
Comment by: Alfa A. (CA)
Hi every body. I desperately need the most frequent 5000 english wordlist. Any source or recommendation?
Friday June 3rd 2016, 11:37 AM
Comment by: storm L. (NY)
This list is helpful, however I feel that it's lacking in some way. I think that you should include the pronunciations of the words, I'm sure nobody wants to be that person who awkwardly pronounces a word wrong during a conversation. If you could please have pronunciations of the words I would be most grateful :)
Sunday June 19th 2016, 3:10 PM
Comment by: big Dave (VA)
some of the words are inaudible which makes it harder to spell
Wednesday June 29th 2016, 1:07 AM
Comment by: MIP (Viet Nam)
It helps me a lot. Thank you so much, vocabulary.com.
Wednesday June 29th 2016, 4:55 PM
Comment by: Shehab Sakib (Qatar)
Dear creator(s),

Can you post the words' form whatever it is(sorry i am kind of new in grammar) like cat is a noun. Thanks and also for this great post!!
Wednesday June 29th 2016, 4:56 PM
Comment by: Shehab Sakib (Qatar)
Dear creator(s),

Can you post the words' form whatever it is(sorry i am kind of new in grammar) like cat is a noun. Thanks and also for this great post!!
Friday July 1st 2016, 7:54 PM
Comment by: Yuwen X. (Australia)
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Tuesday July 5th 2016, 11:19 PM
Comment by: Jake Murphy
Why so many
Thursday July 7th 2016, 9:27 AM
Comment by: Mczty (NY)
a great list

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