un|der|mine


un|der|mine
un|der|mine «UHN duhr MYN, UHN duhr MYN», transitive verb, -mined, -min|ing.
1. to make a passage or hole under; tunnel through or into; dig under: »

to undermine a foundation. The soldiers undermined the wall.

2. to wear away the foundations of; remove the underlying substance of: »

The waves had undermined the cliff.

3. Figurative. to weaken, injure, destroy, or ruin by secret or unfair means: »

Some people tried to undermine the chairman's influence by spreading lies about him.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under weaken. (Cf.weaken)
4. Figurative. to weaken or destroy gradually; sap: »

Many severe colds had undermined the old lady's health.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under weaken. (Cf.weaken)

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