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verb [transitive]     compound pronunciation in American English
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present participlecompounding
past tensecompounded
past participlecompounded
  1. 1
    to pay interest both on an amount of money as well as on the interest that has been added to it
  2. 2
    to make a problem or difficult situation worse

    Their problems are compounded by the fact that Mary’s just lost her job.

  3. 3
    to mix two or more substances together in order to make a new substance or product


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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