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sabotage

noun sab·o·tage \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of sabotage

1 :destruction of an employer's property (such as tools or materials) or the hindering of manufacturing by discontented workers
2 :destructive or obstructive action carried on by a civilian or enemy agent to hinder a nation's war effort
3 a :an act or process tending to hamper or hurt
b :deliberate subversion

Examples of sabotage in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of sabotage from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sabotage

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


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sabotage

verb

Definition of sabotage

sabotaged; sabotaging
transitive verb
:to practice sabotage on

Examples of sabotage in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of sabotage from the Web

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First Known Use of sabotage

1913


SABOTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

sabotage

noun

Definition of sabotage for English Language Learners

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


sabotage

verb

Definition of sabotage for English Language Learners

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

  • : to cause the failure of (something) deliberately


SABOTAGE Defined for Kids

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sabotage

noun sab·o·tage \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh \

Definition of sabotage for Students

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

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sabotage

verb

Definition of sabotage for Students

sabotaged; sabotaging
:to damage or destroy on purpose :to engage in sabotage
  • The country's water supply was sabotaged by the retreating enemy.

Law Dictionary

sabotage

noun sab·o·tage \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh \

legal Definition of sabotage

1 :the willful destruction of an employer's property or the hindering of normal operations by other means
2 :the injury, destruction, or knowingly defective production of materials, premises, or utilities used for war or national defense — compare criminal syndicalism, sedition

Origin and Etymology of sabotage

French, from saboter to clatter with wooden shoes, botch, sabotage, from sabot wooden shoe



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