undermine

Meaning(s)

1. to go against somebody, to work against, to make someone look bad

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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John completely undermined me in that meeting, undermine sb's authority

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The verb 'to undermine' means to reduce the effect, power or ability of someone or something, usually incrementally or over a period of time. When you 'undermine' someone you might show that they are wrong or make them lose face in some way. It can also mean 'to erode' if you are talking about a rock or the base of something. 

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  1. Selling unhealthy food in the staff canteen completely undermines our healthy living program
  2. Any virus in our system will undermine our security software, our customers will lose confidence.
  3. Mary was always arguing with her Manager. She was always trying to undermine his authority when he spoke to others.

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  1. My father always thinks I am trying to undermine him when I tell him he is wrong.
  2. Don't undermine me in front of the boss like that again.

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. Mary was always arguing with her Manager. She was always trying to undermine his authority when he spoke to others.

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