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noun [countable]     list pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a set of names, numbers, etc. that are written or printed one below another

    this week’s bestseller list

    list of:

    a list of the world’s richest people

    make/write a list:

    I’d better make a list, or I’ll forget who I’ve invited.

    on a list:

    I couldn’t see my name on the list.

    shopping/word list:

    There are word lists at the back of the book to help you to learn vocabulary.

  2. 2
    a set of things that you think of as having a particular order, especially because of how important they are
    top/bottom of the list (=most/least important):

    Health care is at the top of most people’s list of things the government should improve.

    be low/high on the list:

    Painting the house is low on our list of priorities.



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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