Definitions for undermineˌʌn dərˈmaɪn or, esp. for 1,2,4 , ˈʌn dərˌmaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•mineˌʌn dərˈmaɪn or, esp. for 1,2,4 , ˈʌn dərˌmaɪn(v.t.)-mined, -min•ing.

  1. to impair, weaken, or destroy (health, morale, etc.) by imperceptible stages.

  2. to make an excavation under; dig or tunnel beneath.

  3. to weaken or cause to collapse by removing underlying supports.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken(verb)

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

  2. cave, undermine(verb)

    hollow out as if making a cave or opening

    "The river was caving the banks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. undermine(verb)ˌʌn dərˈmaɪn or, esp. for 1,2,4, ˈʌn dərˌmaɪn

    to do sth that makes sth or sb seem weaker, feel less confident, etc.

    evidence that undermines the case for closing small hospitals; rumors aimed at undermining the opposing candidate


  1. undermine(Verb)

    To dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.

  2. undermine(Verb)

    To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage.

    The war efforts were undermined by the constant bickering between the allies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undermine(verb)

    to excavate the earth beneath, or the part of, especially for the purpose of causing to fall or be overthrown; to form a mine under; to sap; as, to undermine a wall

  2. Undermine(verb)

    fig.: To remove the foundation or support of by clandestine means; to ruin in an underhand way; as, to undermine reputation; to undermine the constitution of the state

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'undermine' in Verbs Frequency: #716

Translations for undermine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make (eg a building) insecure by digging away or destroying the base or foundations

The road was being undermined by a stream.

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