Undermine is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of undermine, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - destroy property or hinder normal operations
EXAMPLES - Undermine in a Sentence
- Toyota recalls undermine Japanese confidence in an industrial titan (source)
- Doesn't that kind of undermine the point of the "endangered" status? (source)
- C'mon, at the very least, doesn't this kind of undermine Eric's commentary? (source)
- What did Lieberman actually do publicly to "undermine" the recount campaign? (source)
- NBC's Todd claims Fox News trying to "undermine" MSM by accusing it of liberal bias. (source)
- Poison pills, formally called shareholder-rights plans, "undermine" owners by imposing an (source)
- The United Steelworkers union urged companies to stop trying to "undermine" the draft law. (source)
- Sarah Palin that "undermine" her, and students say they are concerned about the apparent bias. (source)
- He has recommended that American lawyers work to "undermine" official American opposition to the court. (source)
- Fox News has a business strategy of seeking to "undermine" the MSM by alleging that it has a liberal bias. (source)
- The Commons justice committee warned rushing laws could further "undermine" public trust in the political system. (source)
- You kind of undermine your point when you make blatantly bigoted statements while denying the existence of racism. (source)
- Assign state agents and paid advocates who seem independent to participate in online discussion groups and "undermine" them. (source)
- These type of extreme labels undermine any thought provoking discussions and reflect the authors lack of meaningful dialouge. (source)
- But the problem with Blackwater's activities is not that they "undermine" the U.S. military's "efforts" and "mission" in Iraq. (source)
- Blears shows what she's all about when she lets slip her intention to "undermine" these so-called myths rather than challenge them. (source)
- They have no respect for the Constitution because this power which they are trying to undermine, is specifically delegated to the President. (source)
- On Monday night, MSNBC's Rachael Maddow wondered aloud if "Bush loyalists" who remain in government are trying to "undermine" President Obama. (source)
- KURTZ: Now, did Hillary Clinton kind of undermine Stephanopoulos there by reminding viewers that they had worked together in the Clinton White House? (source)
- Seake confirmed that the letter also warned that if Moola ignored the threat or otherwise attempted to "undermine" the order to leave he would be killed. (source)
- Ofcom warned BSkyB that if it attempted to "undermine" the ruling by shifting content on to the other channels it would consider extending the price caps to Sky Sports 3 and 4. (source)
- He said that it was "high time" that the ANC set aside its attempts to "undermine" Parliament, and realised that it was Parliament, and not the ANC, that represented the people. (source)
- Icahn's proposal to cut costs by 30 percent was at odds with Amylin, which stated that any additional cuts would "undermine" efforts to introduce its once-weekly version of Byetta. (source)
- There's actually a book coming out about sequels in the Bible and how at times they "undermine" what went before - and that's just in the Jewish Bible, addressed by a Jewish author! (source)
- Cairo - Sudan's ambassador to Egypt said on Sunday that adding genocide to the list of charges against Sudanese President Omar al - Bashir would "undermine" peace efforts for Darfur. (source)
- To expand on that, Washington seems to think that helping Israel keep up non-nuclear appearances might make Israel less inclined to once again undermine the Israel-Palestine peace process. (source)
- As a result, Mugabe's presence would "undermine" the summit and divert attention from the issues in hand, Brown said, adding: "In those circumstances, my attendance would not be appropriate." (source)
- Their attitude really is that no one, not Obama, not ordinary citizens who are angry about the war, no one should "undermine" Hillary Clinton because she is going to be the Democratic nominee. (source)
- In a report timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Blair's original speech, CPAG said that failure to meet next year's target would "undermine" the prospects for achieving the long-term 2020 goal. (source)
- His 27-page complaint notes that the amendment's author, state Rep. Rex Duncan, said the amendment would ensure that courts did not "undermine" the "Judeo-Christian principles" on which America was founded. (source)
- Some deals in private firms were worth at least 5 per cent, but public sector workers face pay freezes and moves to "undermine" wage bargaining in sectors including agriculture, schools and health, said the report. (source)
- Furthermore, some influential indigenous chiefs have joined the campaign against the charter arguing that the proposed reform of indigenous affairs and a common name undermine indigenous traditional authority and culture. (source)
- This arrangement will not "undermine" the BBC Trust, which will still be responsible for "rigorous stewardship of public money and for commissioning value for money investigations into specific areas of BBC activity", the government said. (source)
- But this is really an attack to kind of undermine the moral and legitimate basis of the strike itself and undermine the agreement, which France and the [inaudible] parties of Guadeloupe are very insistent on doing, primarily to keep it from spreading. (source)
- Then, demonstrating his commitment to individual rights, he commenced to interrogate me about why I was taking a picture, what my opinions were, whether I am the sort of person who might "undermine" their efforts, and whether I was working for some "organization." (source)
- Huh, well, having attended one junior high and three high schools in Florida from 1957-1962, and comparing the system there with the one in Massachusetts where I went to primary school, I have the impression that it is difficult to "undermine" the Florida secondary educational system much further. (source)
- But how much of a game changer -- how much does it hurt things to have all this come out publicly here now and kind of undermine, maybe continues to undermine the government there and also the United States, which is trying to fight this war and now the Taliban can point and say, look, the United States in business with one of the Karzai brothers. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "undermine" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 35 synonyms for undermine.
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, sabotage, sandbag, sap, soften, subvert, threaten, thwart, torpedo, tunnel, undercut, wear, whittle away, wreck
We have 12 antonyms for undermine.
aid, assist, build, construct, create, encourage, fill, fix, help, relieve, strengthen, support
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of undermine from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To weaken by wearing away a base or foundation: Water has undermined the stone foundations.
- (verb-transitive) To weaken, injure, or impair, often by degrees or imperceptibly; sap: Late hours can undermine one's health.
- (verb-transitive) To dig a mine or tunnel beneath.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) 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.
- (verb-transitive) Fig.: To remove the foundation or support of by clandestine means; to ruin in an underhand way.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To form a mine under; sap; render unstable by digging or wearing away the foundation of; make an excavation beneath, especially for the purpose of causing to fall, or of blowing up: as, to undermine a wall; a river undermines its banks.
- (None) Figuratively, to subvert by removing clandestinely the foundation of; injure by invisible, secret, or dishonorable means.
- (None) To injure, weaken, or destroy insidiously or indirectly; wear away; wear out; sap.
- (noun) Same as mine, 2 .
- (noun) A cave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) destroy property or hinder normal operations
- (verb) hollow out as if making a cave or opening