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Top 500 Vocabularies

A list of 500 words that are used most frequently in English is provided here. Become familiar with these and you will know more than two-thirds of all written English vocabulary.

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  • verb:abase
  • 3rd person present:abases
  • past tense:abased
  • past participle:abased
  • gerund or present participle:abasing

1)behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone).

"I watched my colleagues abasing themselves before the board of trustees"


  • verb:abash
  • 3rd person present:abashes
  • past tense:abashed
  • past participle:abashed
  • gerund or present participle:abashing

1)make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.

"if anything was officially done or said to him, it did not abash him"


  • verb:abhor
  • 3rd person present:abhors
  • past tense:abhorred
  • past participle:abhorred
  • gerund or present participle:abhorring

1)regard with disgust and hatred.

"professional tax preparers abhor a flat tax because it would dry up their business"


  • noun:ablution
  • plural noun:ablutions

1)the act of washing oneself (often used for humorously formal effect).

"the women performed their ablutions"


  • noun:abode
  • plural noun:abodes

1)a place of residence; a house or home.

"my humble abode"


  • verb:abolish
  • 3rd person present:abolishes
  • past tense:abolished
  • past participle:abolished
  • gerund or present participle:abolishing

1)formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution).

"the tax was abolished in 1977"


  • adjective:abominable

1)causing moral revulsion.

"the uprising was suppressed with abominable cruelty"


  • verb:abrogate
  • 3rd person present:abrogates
  • past tense:abrogated
  • past participle:abrogated
  • gerund or present participle:abrogating

1)repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement).

"a proposal to abrogate temporarily the right to strike"

2)evade (a responsibility or duty).

"we believe the board is abrogating its responsibilities to its shareholders"


  • adjective:abysmal

1)extremely bad; appalling.

"the quality of her work is abysmal"

2)very deep.

"waterfalls that plunge into abysmal depths"


  • verb:accede
  • 3rd person present:accedes
  • past tense:acceded
  • past participle:acceded
  • gerund or present participle:acceding

1)agree to a demand, request, or treaty.

"the authorities did not accede to the strikers' demands"

2)assume an office or position.

"Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558"


  • noun:accord
  • plural noun:accords

1)an official agreement or treaty.

"opposition groups refused to sign the accord"


  • noun:acumen

1)the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.

"business acumen"


  • adjective:adroit
  • comparative adjective:adroiter
  • superlative adjective:adroitest

1)clever or skillful in using the hands or mind.

"he was adroit at tax avoidance"


  • noun:adversary
  • plural noun:adversaries

1)one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.

"Davis beat his old adversary in the quarterfinals"


  • noun:advocate
  • plural noun:advocates

1)a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.

"he was an untiring advocate of economic reform"


  • noun:aesthetic
  • plural noun:aesthetics
  • noun:esthetic
  • plural noun:esthetics

1)a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.

"the Cubist aesthetic"


  • adjective:affable

1)friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to.

"an affable and agreeable companion"


  • noun:affinity
  • plural noun:affinities

1)a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.

"he has an affinity for the music of Berlioz"


  • noun:affluence

1)the state of having a great deal of money; wealth.

"a sign of our growing affluence"


  • adjective:aghast

1)filled with horror or shock.

"when the news came out they were aghast"

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