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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  undermine 
  v  1:  destroy  property  or  hinder  normal  operations;  "The 
  Resistance  sabotaged  railroad  operations  during  the  war" 
  [syn:  {sabotage},  {countermine},  {counteract},  {subvert}, 
  {weaken}] 
  2:  hollow  out  as  if  making  a  cave  or  opening;  "The  river  was 
  caving  the  banks"  [syn:  {cave}] 




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