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derail

de·rail

derail

 
pronunciation:
di reIl [or] dih reIl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: derailed, derailing, derails
definition 1: to cause to go off the tracks.
Ice was responsible for derailing the train.
definition 2: to cause not to go according to plan.
The scandal derailed her candidacy.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to go off the tracks.
The trolley derailed in the heavy winds.
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derivation: derailment (n.)