undermine

verb
ADVERB
greatly, radically, seriously, severely, significantly

His position within the government has been seriously undermined.

completely, totally
ultimately

It ultimately undermined his ability to play.

rather, somewhat
further
effectively
actively
fatally
subtly
systematically
gradually, increasingly, progressively
eventually
potentially
constantly
VERB + UNDERMINE
threaten to
attempt to, seek to, try to
conspire to, help (to), serve to, tend to
be likely to
be designed to, be intended to

a terror attack intended to undermine the morale of citizens

Undermine is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑argument, ↑authority, ↑belief, ↑confidence, ↑credibility, ↑democracy, ↑doctrine, ↑dominance, ↑economy, ↑effectiveness, ↑effort, ↑faith, ↑foundation, ↑health, ↑incentive, ↑independence, ↑institution, ↑integrity, ↑morale, ↑regime, ↑security, ↑self-confidence, ↑stability, ↑strength, ↑system, ↑testimony, ↑thesis, ↑trust, ↑validity, ↑viability

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  • Undermine — 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. [1913 Webster] A vast rock undermined from one end to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Undermine — can refer to* The military practise of mining a fortification, see Mining (military) * The fictional Transformers character see Undermine (Transformers) * The fictional Warcraft location see Undermine (Warcraft) …   Wikipedia

  • undermine — index check (restrain), corrupt, countervail, debilitate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), discommode …   Law dictionary

  • undermine — (v.) c.1300, undermyne, from UNDER (Cf. under) + MINE (Cf. mine) (v.). The figurative sense is attested from early 15c. Cf. Du. ondermijnen, Dan. underminere, Ger. unterminiren. Related: Undermined; undermining …   Etymology dictionary

  • undermine — *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, sap, cripple, disable Analogous words: *ruin, wreck: *injure, damage, impair: thwart, foil, *frustrate Antonyms: reinforce …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • undermine — [v] weaken attenuate, blunt, clip one’s wings*, corrode, cripple, debilitate, dig, dig out*, disable, eat away*, enfeeble, erode, excavate, foil, frustrate, hollow out, hurt, impair, knock the bottom out of*, mine, poke full of holes*, ruin,… …   New thesaurus

  • undermine — ► VERB 1) erode the base or foundation of (a rock formation). 2) dig or excavate beneath (a building or fortification) so as to make it collapse. 2) weaken gradually or insidiously …   English terms dictionary

  • undermine — [un΄dər mīn′, un′dər mīn΄] vt. undermined, undermining 1. to dig beneath; excavate ground from under, so as to form a tunnel or mine 2. to wear away and weaken the supports of [erosion is undermining the wall] 3. to injure, weaken, or impair, esp …   English World dictionary

  • undermine — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)ma͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ undermines, undermining, undermined 1) VERB If you undermine something such as a feeling or a system, you make it less strong or less secure than it was before, often by a gradual process or by repeated efforts. [V n]… …   English dictionary

  • undermine — 01. It [undermines] a teacher s authority if the principal doesn t support her in matters of discipline. 02. The West is accused of deliberately trying to [undermine] this nation s government. 03. Lowering prices now will just [undermine] our… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • undermine */*/ — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈmaɪn] / US [ˌʌndərˈmaɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms undermine : present tense I/you/we/they undermine he/she/it undermines present participle undermining past tense undermined past participle undermined 1) a) to make something or… …   English dictionary

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