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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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Sep
24
2013

adapt

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ daept

transitive verb
definition:  to make fit or suitable for a particular need or condition; adjust.
example:  They adapted the reading room so they could hold meetings there.
example:  The school water fountains are adapted for children.

intransitive verb
definition: to become adjusted; to change in ways that allow one to survive or be at ease in new circumstances.
example:  The children of the immigrants adapted quickly to their new surroundings.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the verb adapt

adapt + PREPOSITION

  • ~ to (e.g., adapt to new surroundings, adapt to difficult conditions, adapt to changes in the environment, adapt to a new climate, adapt to a different habitat, adapt to changed circumstances, adapt to a new situation)

adapt + MODIFIER:  ~ quickly, ~ slowly, ~ easily, ~ gradually, ~ with ease, ~ with difficulty, ~ rapidly, ~ readily, ~ continually, ~ eventually, ~ successfully, ~ accordingly (The social rules were harsh, but the new prisoners adapted accordingly)