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    shaI st@r

    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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    neI seI @r

    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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Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pronunciation:    ri ihn fors
part of speech:     transitive verb

definition 1:       to fortify or make more effective; strengthen.
example:             They reinforced the wall with steel rods.
mple:              She supplied facts to reinforce her argument.

definition 2:          to strengthen (a military force or the like) through the use of additional personnel or material support.
example:                The general sent in more troops to reinforce those already deployed in the region.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the verb “reinforce” (definition 1)

reinforce + NOUN:    behavior, ~ skill , ~ perception, ~ idea,  ~  importance,  ~ commitment,  ~ belief,  ~ habit,
~ stereotype, ~ impression,  ~ learning,  ~ concept,  ~ message, ~ notion,  ~ prejudice,  ~ suspicion

ADVERB + reinforce:    greatly ~ , subtly ~ , continually ~ , unintentionally ~ , actively ~ ,  simultaneously ~, ~ verbally, ~ positively,  ~ inadvertently