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un·der·mine

 (ŭn′dər-mīn′)
tr.v. un·der·mined, un·der·min·ing, un·der·mines
1. To weaken by wearing away a base or foundation: Water has undermined the stone foundations.
2. To weaken, injure, or impair, often by degrees or imperceptibly; sap: Late hours can undermine one's health.
3. To dig a mine or tunnel beneath.

undermine

(ˌʌndəˈmaɪn)
vb (tr)
1. (Physical Geography) (of the sea, wind, etc) to wear away the bottom or base of (land, cliffs, etc)
2. to weaken gradually or insidiously: their insults undermined her confidence.
3. to tunnel or dig beneath
ˌunderˈminer n

un•der•mine

(ˌʌn 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.
[1300–50]
un′der•min`er, n.

undermine


Past participle: undermined
Gerund: undermining

Imperative
undermine
undermine
Present
I undermine
you undermine
he/she/it undermines
we undermine
you undermine
they undermine
Preterite
I undermined
you undermined
he/she/it undermined
we undermined
you undermined
they undermined
Present Continuous
I am undermining
you are undermining
he/she/it is undermining
we are undermining
you are undermining
they are undermining
Present Perfect
I have undermined
you have undermined
he/she/it has undermined
we have undermined
you have undermined
they have undermined
Past Continuous
I was undermining
you were undermining
he/she/it was undermining
we were undermining
you were undermining
they were undermining
Past Perfect
I had undermined
you had undermined
he/she/it had undermined
we had undermined
you had undermined
they had undermined
Future
I will undermine
you will undermine
he/she/it will undermine
we will undermine
you will undermine
they will undermine
Future Perfect
I will have undermined
you will have undermined
he/she/it will have undermined
we will have undermined
you will have undermined
they will have undermined
Future Continuous
I will be undermining
you will be undermining
he/she/it will be undermining
we will be undermining
you will be undermining
they will be undermining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been undermining
you have been undermining
he/she/it has been undermining
we have been undermining
you have been undermining
they have been undermining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been undermining
you will have been undermining
he/she/it will have been undermining
we will have been undermining
you will have been undermining
they will have been undermining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been undermining
you had been undermining
he/she/it had been undermining
we had been undermining
you had been undermining
they had been undermining
Conditional
I would undermine
you would undermine
he/she/it would undermine
we would undermine
you would undermine
they would undermine
Past Conditional
I would have undermined
you would have undermined
he/she/it would have undermined
we would have undermined
you would have undermined
they would have undermined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.undermine - destroy property or hinder normal operationsundermine - destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
derail - cause to run off the tracks; "they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"
disobey - refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"
2.undermine - hollow out as if making a cave or opening; "The river was caving the banks"
core out, hollow out, hollow - remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk"
sap - excavate the earth beneath

undermine

verb
1. weaken, sabotage, subvert, compromise, disable, debilitate, disempower They are accused of trying to undermine the government.
weaken promote, sustain, strengthen, reinforce, fortify
2. damage, weaken, threaten, hurt, injure, impair, sap, put the kibosh on (informal), throw a spanner in the works of (Brit. informal) This will undermine their chances of success.
damage strengthen, reinforce, fortify, buttress

undermine

verb
1. To lessen or deplete the nerve, energy, or strength of:
2. To damage, destroy, or defeat by sabotage:
Translations
يُضْعِفيُقَوِّض، يَهْدِم
podemlítpodkopat
nedbrydeunderminere
heikentääsabotoida
חתר תחת
aláaknáz
grafa göng undir; grafa undangrafa undan, veikja
paplauti
grautiedragātizskalotparakties apakšā
podmyť
altını kazmak/oymakbaltalamakzayıflatmak

undermine

[ˌʌndəˈmaɪn] VT (fig) → minar, socavar
his health is being undermined by overworkel exceso de trabajo le está minando la salud

undermine

[ˌʌndərˈmaɪn] vt [+ authority, government, confidence, morale, efforts] → saper
to undermine sb's position (= weaken authority) → déstabiliser qn

undermine

[ˌʌndəˈmaɪn] vt (fig) → minare; (authority) → pregiudicare

undermine

(andəˈmain) verb
1. to make (eg a building) insecure by digging away or destroying the base or foundations. The road was being undermined by a stream.
2. to weaken (eg a person's health or authority). Constant hard work had undermined his health.

undermine

vt. dañar, debilitar.
References in classic literature ?
In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucke river.
She might, and not improbably would, have suffered death from the stern tribunals of the period, for attempting to undermine the foundations of the Puritan establishment.
And Elzbieta would call upon Dede Antanas to support her; there was a fear in the souls of these two, lest this journey to a new country might somehow undermine the old home virtues of their children.
I had had confidential agents trickling through the country some time, whose office was to undermine knighthood by imperceptible degrees, and to gnaw a little at this and that and the other superstition, and so prepare the way gradually for a better order of things.
To Scrooge's horror, looking back, he saw the last of the land, a frightful range of rocks, behind them; and his ears were deafened by the thundering of water, as it rolled and roared, and raged among the dreadful caverns it had worn, and fiercely tried to undermine the earth.
He was taken ill in the night - quite prostrate he was - in consequence of Crab; and after being drugged with black draughts and blue pills, to an extent which Demple (whose father was a doctor) said was enough to undermine a horse's constitution, received a caning and six chapters of Greek Testament for refusing to confess.
I am not the one to undermine the propriety of Senor Don Quixote, for it strikes me that among his many virtues the one that is pre-eminent is that of modesty.
The nature of a court of equity will readily permit the extension of its jurisdiction to matters of law; but it is not a little to be suspected, that the attempt to extend the jurisdiction of the courts of law to matters of equity will not only be unproductive of the advantages which may be derived from courts of chancery, on the plan upon which they are established in this State, but will tend gradually to change the nature of the courts of law, and to undermine the trial by jury, by introducing questions too complicated for a decision in that mode.
I leave every man to decide whether the result of any one of these experiments can be said to countenance a suspicion, that a diffusive mode of choosing representatives of the people tends to elevate traitors and to undermine the public liberty.
To undermine the ground for fifty feet -- to devote three years to a labor which, if successful, would conduct you to a precipice overhanging the sea -- to plunge into the waves from the height of fifty, sixty, perhaps a hundred feet, at the risk of being dashed to pieces against the rocks, should you have been fortunate enough to have escaped the fire of the sentinels; and even, supposing all these perils past, then to have to swim for your life a distance of at least three miles ere you could reach the shore -- were difficulties so startling and formidable that Dantes had never even dreamed of such a scheme, resigning himself rather to death.
Well, undermine in them the miserable prejudice of respect and fear of kings; teach your flocks that the queen is a tyrant; and repeat often and loudly, so that all may know it, that the misfortunes of France are caused by Mazarin, her lover and her destroyer; begin this work to-day, this instant even, and in three days I shall expect the result.
The flame was kept alive by frequent letters from her friend, in all of which she dwelt with rapture on the moment of their re-union, and never failed to mention Antonio in a manner that added new fuel to the fire that already began to consume Julia, and, in some degree, to undermine her health, at least she thought so.