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UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈmaɪn] / US [ˌʌndərˈmaɪn] verb [transitive]
Word forms "undermine":
present tense I/you/we/they undermine he/she/it undermines present participle undermining past tense undermined past participle undermined
a) to make something or someone become gradually less effective, confident, or successful

Business confidence was undermined by a series of major failures.

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

Britain was accused of undermining international efforts to reduce pollution.

b) to deliberately say or do things that make someone appear less impressive or less important

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

Nouns frequently used as objects of undermine
▪  authority, confidence, credibility, legitimacy, morale, position, stability
2) to dig under something, especially so that it becomes weaker

English dictionary. 2014.

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