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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

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verb     star pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestarring
past tensestarred
past participlestarred
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be the main actor or performer in a film, play, television programme etc
    star in:

    Sarah has missed her chance of starring in the school play.

    star as:

    He starred in Devil’s Advocate as an ambitious lawyer.

    star with/alongside:

    Starring alongside Harrison Ford will be Meryl Streep and George Clooney.

    star opposite (=as the other main actor):

    In her next film she stars opposite Travolta.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] if a film, play, television programme etc stars someone, they are the main actor or performer in it

      The X-Files, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

      star someone as someone/something:

      It stars Anthony Hopkins as President Nixon.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to put a sign shaped like a star next to something on a list in order to mark it as special or important

    The books that are starred cost more than £10.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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

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