Synonyms of 'undermine'
to weaken gradually or insidiouslyThey are accused of trying to undermine the government.
Malnutrition weakens the patient.
The main pipeline was sabotaged by rebels.
an alleged plot to subvert the state
He had compromised himself by accepting the money.
Tendon damage really disabled her.
to weaken gradually or insidiouslyThis will undermine their chances of success.
The strong winds damaged the fence.
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
She had hurt her back in an accident.
A bomb exploded, seriously injuring five people.
The bright sunshine was impairing my vision.
I was afraid the sickness had sapped my strength.
put the kibosh on (informal),
throw a spanner in the works of (British, informal)
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
in the sense of compromise
to put (oneself or another person) in a dishonourable positionHe had compromised himself by accepting the money.
in the sense of disable
to make ineffective, unfit, or incapableTendon damage really disabled her.
See related content
Video: pronunciation of 'undermine'
Thesaurus for undermine from the Collins English Thesaurus
Life on the edge
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.