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

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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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  • 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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Jan
20
2014

ensure

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn shuhr

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to be a certainty.
example:  Those dark clouds ensure rain.
example:  The hotel staff do whatever is necessary to ensure that guests are comfortable.
example:  Plenty of fluids and rest will ensure a more speedy recovery.

definition 2:  to protect or render safe.
example:  She took steps to ensure her reputation against slander.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb ensure (definition 1)

ensure + NOUN:    ~ safety, ~ order, ~ compliance, ~ survival, ~ quality, ~ accuracy, ~ access, ~ security, ~ protection, ~ continuity, ~ consistency, ~ success, ~ delivery, ~ availability, ~ equality, ~ integrity, ~ implementation, ~ reliability, ~ accountability, ~ sustainability, ~ solvency, ~ transparency