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
Stock manipulation will undermine growth.
Javier Palomarez can undermine the constitution.
It has the potential to undermine 'Make In India'.
The EU has worked ceaselessly to undermine this programme.
If you weaken the monarchy, you undermine the entire nation.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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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