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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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    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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May
10
2013

identify

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aI den tih faI

transitive verb
definition:  to determine or prove the identity of (someone or something).
example:  She identified him as the man who had robbed the store.
example:  You’ll need a passport or driver’s license to identify yourself.
example:  It proved difficult to identify the source of the problem.

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Collocations:     Words often used in combination with the transitive verb “identify”

identify + NOUN:   needs (e.g., identify the students’ needs),  ~ problem,  ~ area (e.g., identify areas of weakness),  ~  signs (e.g., identify the signs of an infection),  ~ issues,  ~ cause,  ~ priorities,  ~ factors,  ~ source,  ~ risks, ~  features, ~ pattern,  ~ trend, ~  gene,  ~ gap,  ~ opportunity,  ~ weakness,  ~ strength