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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Feb
07
2014

incentive

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn sen tihv

noun
definition 1:  something that motivates one to work or act.
example:  The Army offers various incentives to enlist.
example:  The competition gave the students an incentive to read more books.

definition 2:  a sense of ambition that encourages greater effort or productivity.
example:  He has shown no incentive in his work.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun incentive

VERB + incentive:    provide ~ , offer ~ , create ~ , give ~ , introduce ~ , need ~ , increase ~ , eliminate ~, remove ~ , improve ~ , strengthen ~ , sharpen ~, undermine ~ , weaken ~ , stifle ~ , lack ~ , blunt ~ , erode ~