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undercut

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verb un·der·cut \ˌən-dər-ˈkət\

Simple Definition of undercut

  • : to offer to sell things or work for a lower cost than (another person or company)

  • : to make (something) weaker or less effective

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of undercut

undercut

undercutting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut away the underpart of <undercut a vein of ore>

  3. 2 :  to cut away material from the underside of (an object) so as to leave an overhanging portion in relief

  4. 3 :  to offer to sell at lower prices than or to work for lower wages than (a competitor)

  5. 4 :  to cut obliquely into (a tree) below the main cut and on the side toward which the tree will fall

  6. 5 :  to strike (a ball) with a downward glancing blow so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot

  7. 6 :  to undermine or destroy the force, value, or effectiveness of <inflation undercuts consumer buying power>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to perform the action of cutting away beneath

Examples of undercut in a sentence

  1. They undercut the competing store by 10 percent.

  2. a law that undercuts the Constitution

  3. Her behavior undercuts her own credibility.



1598

First Known Use of undercut

1598


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undercut

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noun un·der·cut \ˈən-dər-ˌkət\

Definition of undercut

  1. 1 British :  tenderloin 1

  2. 2 :  the action or result of cutting away from the underside or lower part of something

  3. 3 :  a notch cut in the base of a tree before felling to determine the direction of falling and to prevent splitting



1859

First Known Use of undercut

1859


Medical Dictionary

undercut

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noun un·der·cut \ˈən-dər-ˌkət\

Medical Definition of undercut

  1. :  the part of a tooth lying between the gum and the points of maximum outward bulge on the tooth's surfaces




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