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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydwell on
he/she/itdwells on
present participledwelling on
past tensedwelled on or dwelt on
past participledwelled on or dwelt on

or dwell upon

  1. dwell on/upon something to spend a lot of time thinking or talking about something unpleasant

    He tends to dwell on the negative aspects of his performance.

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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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