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verb [transitive] undermine pronunciation in American English /ˌʌndərˈmaɪn/
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present tense
present participleundermining
past tenseundermined
past participleundermined
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  1. 1
    to make something or someone become gradually less effective, confident, or successful
    1. a.
      to deliberately say or do things that make someone appear less impressive or less important

      They had spoken secretly to reporters in an effort to undermine the leadership.

  2. 2
    to dig under something, especially so that it becomes weaker
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