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  • 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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Oct
11
2013

function

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

fuhngk sh@n

noun
definition:  the purpose or role that an object or person fulfills or is suited for.
example:  The function of a paper clip is to fasten things together.
example:  Listening to the confession of sins is one of the functions of a Catholic priest.

 

intransitive verb
definition:  to run or operate, especially in a manner that is desired or considered normal.
example:  The heart functions by pumping blood.
example:  He really can’t function since his wife died.
example:  The city cannot function without electricity.
example:  I don’t function well if I don’t get enough sleep.

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