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undermine

Pronunciation: /ˌʌndərˈmaɪn; ˌʌndəˈmaɪn/

Translation of undermine in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [foundations/cliffs] socavar
    Example sentences
    • The lighthouse stands on a plinth of rock undermined by caves, perhaps once used by smugglers.
    1.2 [health/strength] minar, debilitar it undermined her self-confidence le hizo perder confianza en sí misma you're undermining my authority me estás desautorizando or quitando autoridad
    Example sentences
    • What they don't understand is that being boring limits their power and undermines their effectiveness.
    • And yet, the way he handled the events that followed gradually undermined his position.
    • They might have to share power and that is dangerous because it would undermine their position of power.

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