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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Aug
01
2013

establish

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

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transitive verb
definition 1:  to found or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.
example:  They established the business in 1918, and it’s still running successfully.
example:  The diplomats worked to establish stronger ties between the two nations.

definition 2:  to determine or prove to the satisfaction of others; show to be true or valid.
example:  His attorney helped to establish his innocence.
example:  The medical examiner established that the cause of the victim’s death was drowning.

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

establish + NOUN:    ~ link, ~ relationship, ~ reputation, ~ network, ~ partnership,  ~ connection, ~ framework, ~ procedure, ~ principle, ~ standard, ~ priority, ~ rule, ~ pattern, ~ mechanism, ~ criterion, ~ bond, ~ tie, ~ foundation, ~ institution, ~ organization, ~ committee, ~ fund,  ~ presence, ~ rapport, ~ authority, ~ base, ~ baseline