Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    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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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    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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elaborate

 ih lae b@r eIt

transitive verb
definition 1: to create or develop by effort; work out.
example: Together they elaborated a clever scheme.

definition 2: to add details to something; explain more fully (often followed by “on” or “upon”).
example: You make a good point, but you need to elaborate on it to make your argument truly convincing.

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Collocations: Words that frequently occur in combination with the intransitive verb “elaborate” (definition 2)

elaborate  +  NOUN:      ~ theory, ~ theme, ~ concept, ~point, ~ idea
elaborate + ADVERB (degree modifier):   ~ fully (e.g., She hoped to have more time to elaborate fully on the proposed plan.)
elaborate + PREPOSITION:    ~ on, ~ upon (Could you elaborate on your argument so that we have a clearer understanding?)