Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

undermine

 - definition
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] undermine pronunciation in American English /ˌʌndərˈmaɪn/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyundermine
he/she/itundermines
present participleundermining
past tenseundermined
past participleundermined
  1. 1
    to make something or someone become gradually less effective, confident, or successful

    Britain was accused of undermining international efforts to reduce pollution.

    Their trading position has been seriously undermined by the minister's remarks.

    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.

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog