What does undermine mean?

Definitions for undermine
ˌʌn dərˈmaɪn or, esp. for 1,2,4 , ˈʌn dərˌmaɪnun·der·mine

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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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Undermine

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. undermine

    To dig an excavation under any fort, house, or other building, so as to cause it to fall down or to blow it up with powder.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of undermine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of undermine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of undermine in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Hunt:

    The GRU's actions are reckless and indiscriminate : Russian GRU intelligence service operatives try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries ; Russian GRU intelligence service operatives are even prepared to damage Russian companies and Russian citizens.

  2. Jonathan Hillman:

    This has the potential to undermine the Belt and Road coherence and its ability to achieve the goals that Chinese officials actually talk about.

  3. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history. Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties.

  4. Mason Tvert:

    It's disappointing to see these officials, who are supposed to be maintaining public safety, try to undermine it.

  5. Brian Kemp:

    While Democrats attempt to undermine Brian Kemp's convincing victory seven days ago, we remain confident in the local elections officials who are certifying the results.

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