Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • 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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Nov
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2013

stance

staens

noun
definition 1:   the physical position of the body, especially while standing.
example:  He saw his mother’s angry stance and headed quickly up the stairs.
example:  She’s a good hitter despite her awkward batting stance.

definition 2:  the opinions or attitude of a person with regard to something.
example:  Do you agree with his stance on the immigration issue? 

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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun stance (definition 2)

VERB + stance:      take a ~, adopt a ~, maintain one’s ~, shift one’s~, soften one’s ~, change one’s ~, modify one’s ~, reconsider one’s ~

stance + PREPOSITION:

  • ~ on (e,g., the politician’s stance on education reform; the Pope’s stance on contraception)
  • ~ toward (e.g., The two nations seem to be changing their stance toward each other)
  • ~ against (They have always taken a strong stance against the death penalty)