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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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Aug
19
2014

stimulate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

stIm y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to incite or rouse to activity, action, or increased action.
example:  The speech stimulated the crowd.
example:  This medicine stimulates the heart.
example:  The professor asked questions to stimulate discussion.
example:  None of the books stimulated my interest.


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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb stimulate

stimulate + NOUN:    ~ imagination, ~ creativity, ~ curiosity, ~ interest, ~ desire, ~ thought , ~ thinking, ~ appetite, ~ demand (e.g., The advertisers hoped to stimulate demand for this new type of product),  ~ growth, ~ healing, ~ development, ~ formation, ~ discussion, ~ debate, ~ dialogue, ~ participation, ~ involvement, ~ activity, ~ economy, ~ investment