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1. undermine

verb. ['ˈʌndɝˌmaɪn'] destroy property or hinder normal operations.

Synonyms

  • counteract
  • derail
  • subvert
  • sabotage
  • weaken
  • countermine

Antonyms

  • energize
  • energise
  • stiffen
  • increase

Etymology

  • mine (English)
  • min (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • under- (English)

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Example sentences of the word undermine


1. Adjective
Threats are external challenges facing a law firm that can either undermine strengths or exacerbate weaknesses.

2. Verb, base form
When planted near a sidewalk or driveway the roots will undermine the surface above them, and cause cracking.

Quotes containing the word undermine


1. Allowing a handful of broadband carriers to determine what people see and do online would fundamentally undermine the features that have made the Internet such a success, and could permanently compromise the Internet as a platform for the free exchange of information, commerce, and ideas.
- Vint Cerf

2. I think that many things that go on in an art school have a tendency to undermine confidence, and that shouldn't be part of the ballgame, ever.
- Lewis Black

3. I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief... I'm not in the business of offending people. I find the books upholding certain values that I think are important, such as life is immensely valuable and this world is an extraordinarily beautiful place. We should do what we can to increase the amount of wisdom in the world.[Washington Post interview, 19 February 2001]
- Philip Pullman

2. undermine

verb. ['ˈʌndɝˌmaɪn'] hollow out as if making a cave or opening.

Synonyms

  • hollow
  • sap
  • cave
  • hollow out

Antonyms

  • refrain
  • stay in place
  • vitalize
  • strengthen

Etymology

  • mine (English)
  • min (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • under- (English)
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