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    shaI st@r

    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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    neI seI @r

    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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Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pronunciation:   dih ve ləp
part of speech:    transitive verb

definition 1: to bring out the potential of; advance to a more complete or more effective condition.
example: The coach is attempting to develop the team this year so that it can contend for the championship.
example: It took time and great effort to develop the land for crops.
example:  She has a certain natural talent, but she needs to develop it.

definition 2:  to cause to gain strength; cause to grow.
example: Doing these exercises will develop your leg muscles.

definition 3: to add detail to; elaborate.
example:  He is developing the plot for his new novel.

definition 4: to bring into being or operation; generate.
example: Our company is developing a new product that we hope to launch next year.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with “develop” (definition 1)

develop (def. 1) + NOUN:    ~  skill,  ~  competency,  ~  confidence,  ~  expertise,  ~  talent, ~ ability,  ~ technique (e.g., these young skaters can execute the jumps, but they need to develop their technique),  ~ capacity

Collocations:  Words often used in combination with “develop” (definition 4)

develop (def. 4) + NOUN:    ~ strategy,  ~ technology,  ~ curriculum,  ~ plan,  ~ product, ~ model,  ~ program,   ~ relationship,  ~ friendship  ~ ties,   ~ software, ~ technique (e.g, developing a technique for cloning cells),  ~ vaccine,  ~ prototype,  ~ theory