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AWL
Academic word list

The 570 words on Coxhead's Academic Word List (AWL) are divided into 10 sublists. Words on sublist 1 appear most frequently in academic texts, while words on sublist 10 appear least frequently. The number behind the word shows which sublist the word belongs to. For example, data (1) means that the word "data" appears on sublist 1, which contains the words that most frequently appear in academic texts across a range of disciplines.

Click on Sort by Sublist to see which words appear on each sublist.

Click on Sort by Alphabet to see all 570 AWL words arranged in alphabetical order.

Underlined words on these lists are hyperlinked to flashcards and exercises.


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  • adjacent(10)
  • albeit(10)
  • assembly(10)
  • collapse(10)
  • colleagues(10)
  • compiled(10)
  • conceived(10)
  • convinced(10)
  • depression(10)
  • encountered(10)
  • enormous(10)
  • forthcoming(10)
  • inclination(10)
  • integrity(10)
  • intrinsic(10)
  • invoked(10)
  • levy(10)
  • likewise(10)
  • nonetheless(10)
  • notwithstanding(10)
  • odd(10)
  • ongoing(10)
  • panel(10)
  • persistent(10)
  • posed(10)
  • reluctant(10)
  • so-called(10)
  • straightforward(10)
  • undergo(10)
  • whereby(10)
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