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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.
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