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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Aug
08
2013

access

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aek ses

noun
definition 1:  a way of approaching or entering a place.
example:  Access to the castle was over a drawbridge and through heavy gates.

definition 2:  authorization or capacity to enter, look at, or use something.
example:  Some former employees still have access to our office and our records.
example:  How did the thief gain access to the premises?
example:  Some students do not have easy access to a computer outside of school.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to obtain access to.
example:  The firefighters accessed the upper floors via the roof.

definition 2:  to retrieve (information) from a computer.
example:  Your computer is useless unless you know how to access the information it stores.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun access

VERB + access:    have ~ ,  provide ~ , gain ~ , allow ~ ,  give ~ , get ~ ,  improve ~ , restrict ~ , deny ~ , permit ~ , block ~ , control ~ , limit ~ , grant ~ ,  ensure ~ , offer ~ , enable ~ , prevent ~

access + to + NOUN:  ~  information (e.g., Few people have access to such top-secret information), ~  internet (e.g., There is no access to the internet in many regions of the country), ~ resources, ~ facility, ~ computer, ~ technology, ~ healthcare, ~ treatment, ~ network,  ~ database, ~ material, ~ data, ~ records