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adjective     born pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    [never before noun] when a baby is born, it comes out of its mother’s body and starts its life. The time when you are born is your birth, and a mother gives birth to a baby

    Her grandfather died before she was born.

    born in:

    I was born in Tokyo.

    born on:

    The twins were born on August 29, 1962.

    born into:

    Meg was born into a large family.

    born to:

    More children are now born to older women.

    1. a.
      used for saying where someone was born

      a German-born tennis player

    2. b.
      used for saying that someone had a particular condition, personal quality, name, or social status at the time when they were born

      He was born blind.

      In extreme cases, babies can be born addicted to heroin.

      George Washington Carver was born a slave.

      Elton John, born Reginald Dwight

  2. 2
    used for emphasizing that someone has a natural ability to do something well or to behave in a certain way

    Natalie was born to be a dancer.

  3. 3
    [never before noun] if a new organization, idea, etc. is born, it begins to exist

    the laboratory where nuclear physics was born

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    born on third and think they hit a triple used for referring to someone who was born into privilege but thinks their achievements are a result of their own merits

    A December 1986 Chicago Tribune article opens with a quote from Switzer: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/06/2017
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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