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undermine

un·der·mine

undermine

 
pronunciation:
uhn dr maIn
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: undermined, undermines, undermining
definition 1: to weaken the foundations of.
The dike is being undermined by water.
synonyms:
undercut
antonyms:
reinforce
similar words:
erode
definition 2: to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.The rumors undermined the candidate's credibility.
synonyms:
sap, undercut
antonyms:
bolster, strengthen
similar words:
damage, destroy, erode, foil, frustrate, impair, mine, ruin, sabotage, scotch, subvert, thwart, weaken
derivation: underminer (n.)