sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken(verb)
destroy property or hinder normal operations
"The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
hollow out as if making a cave or opening
"The river was caving the banks"
To dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.
To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage.
The war efforts were undermined by the constant bickering between the allies.
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
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
un-dėr-mīn′, v.t. to form mines under, in order to destroy: to destroy secretly the foundation or support of anything.—n. Undermī′ner, one who undermines, a secret enemy.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'undermine' in Verbs Frequency: #716
The numerical value of undermine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of undermine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The EU has worked ceaselessly to undermine this programme.
Mind your own business or you will undermine your own business.
The feds objective in coming to Maine was nothing more than an attempt to undermine our ongoing efforts to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in welfare programs.
By not acting, the BOJ might risk its credibility. Such a circumstance would not only render my outlook unfeasible but would also undermine the feasibility of the 2 percent target.
The international community will not stand by while Houthi forces and other actors continue to undermine stability in Yemen and seek to fragment that country and undermine its legitimate president.
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- υποσκάπτω, υπονομεύωGreek
- heikentää, sabotoidaFinnish
- חתר תחתHebrew
- ondermijnen, ontwrichtenDutch
- solapar, minarPortuguese
- surpa, submina, săpaRomanian
- подрывать, подкопать, подорвать, подкапывать, подрытьRussian
- поткопати, potkopavati, поткопавати, potkopatiSerbo-Croatian
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