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Meaning of UNDERMINE

Pronunciation:  `undur'mIn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  hollow out as if making a cave or opening; "The river was caving the banks"
  2. [v]  destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
 

UNDERMINE is a 9 letter word that starts with U.

 

 Synonyms: cave, counteract, countermine, sabotage, subvert, weaken
 
 See Also: core out, derail, disobey, hollow, hollow out, sap

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Un`der*mine"\, v. t.
1. 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.

         A vast rock undermined from one end to the other,
         and a highway running through it.     --Addison.

2. 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.

         He should be warned who are like to undermine him.
                                               --Locke.

 

 

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