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sabotage

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noun sab·o·tage \ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh\

Simple Definition of sabotage

  • : the act of destroying or damaging something deliberately so that it does not work correctly

Full Definition of sabotage

  1. 1 :  destruction of an employer's property (as tools or materials) or the hindering of manufacturing by discontented workers

  2. 2 :  destructive or obstructive action carried on by a civilian or enemy agent to hinder a nation's war effort

  3. 3a :  an act or process tending to hamper or hurtb :  deliberate subversion

Examples of sabotage

  1. Angry workers were responsible for the sabotage of the machines.

  2. Officials have not yet ruled out sabotage as a possible cause of the crash.



Origin of sabotage

French, from saboter to clatter with sabots, botch, sabotage, from sabot


First Known Use: 1910


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sabotage

transitive verb sab·o·tage

Simple Definition of sabotage

  • : to destroy or damage (something) deliberately so that it does not work correctly

  • : to cause the failure of (something) deliberately

Full Definition of sabotage

sabotagedsabotag·ing

  1. :  to practice sabotage on

Examples of sabotage

  1. They sabotaged the enemy's oil fields.

  2. The airplane crashed because it was sabotaged.

  3. The lawyer is trying to sabotage the case by creating confusion.

  4. The deal was sabotaged by an angry employee.



1913

First Known Use of sabotage

1913


SABOTAGE Defined for Kids

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sabotage

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noun sab·o·tage \ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh\

Definition of sabotage

  1. :  deliberate destruction of or damage to property <Angry workers used sabotage to disable the factory's machinery.>




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sabotage

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verb sab·o·tage

Definition of sabotage

sab·o·tagedsab·o·tag·ing

  1. :  to damage or destroy on purpose :  to engage in sabotage <The country's water supply was sabotaged by the retreating enemy.>





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