What does undermine mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word undermine.

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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thai Industries ' Pichai:

    Stock manipulation will undermine growth.

  2. Daniel Garza:

    Javier Palomarez can undermine the constitution.

  3. Arvind Subramanian:

    It has the potential to undermine 'Make In India'.

  4. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    The EU has worked ceaselessly to undermine this programme.

  5. Marie Antoinette:

    If you weaken the monarchy, you undermine the entire nation.

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