sabotage

noun
sab·​o·​tage | \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh How to pronounce sabotage (audio) \

Definition of sabotage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : an act or process tending to hamper or hurt
b : deliberate subversion

sabotage

verb
sabotaged; sabotaging

Definition of sabotage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to practice sabotage on

Examples of sabotage in a Sentence

Noun Angry workers were responsible for the sabotage of the machines. Officials have not yet ruled out sabotage as a possible cause of the crash. Verb They sabotaged the enemy's oil fields. The airplane crashed because it was sabotaged. The lawyer is trying to sabotage the case by creating confusion. The deal was sabotaged by an angry employee.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, the water stations Humane Borders maintains have frequently been the targets of sabotage by those who oppose immigrant rights. Elizabeth King, Allure, "These Immigration Activists Prove On-the-Ground Support Is Crucial Amid Ongoing ICE Raids," 12 Sep. 2019 July 19 American Airlines corporate security contacts the FBI about possible sabotage to one of its planes and shared surveillance video. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "American Airlines sabotage saga: What we know and safety questions answered," 6 Sep. 2019 But the fight for the French capital killed nearly 5,000 people, including Parisian civilians, German troops, and members of the French Resistance, whose sabotage and attacks had prepared the city for the liberation. Elaine Ganley, BostonGlobe.com, "Paris celebrats its liberation from the Nazis 75 years ago," 25 Aug. 2019 My story on Antonio Brown, his spiraling self-sabotage, a new account of misconduct, and his bizarre string of debts. oregonlive, "New England Patriots’ Antonio Brown accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman: Report," 16 Sep. 2019 American Airlines sabotage saga: a timeline Here's how event unfolded, according to court documents and flight-tracking service FlightAware.com. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "American Airlines sabotage saga: What we know and safety questions answered," 6 Sep. 2019 Price was succeeded by Alex Azar, a former drug company executive and lobbyist who has silently presided over a continuation of Price’s sabotage tactics. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The 10 worst things Trump has done to harm your healthcare," 20 Aug. 2019 Across France, the sabotage efforts of the Resistance were more successful than anyone had thought possible. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 Despite the assurances of government officials, suspicions of terrorism or sabotage were likely to be aroused because of the presence onboard of Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Martin Merzer And Phil Long, miamiherald, "Columbia space shuttle blew up 15 years ago | Miami Herald," 31 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But any new talks may not happen for several months, with each side feeling that an agreement that seemed within reach was sabotaged by the other, Afghan officials said. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "After Trump calls off talks, Afghanistan braces for violence," 8 Sep. 2019 But any new talks may not happen for several months, with each side feeling that an agreement that seemed within reach was sabotaged by the other, Afghan officials said. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence," 8 Sep. 2019 Instead, Shiv self-sabotages her chief-of-staff gig with Gil. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall’s Back on Top in the Succession Game of Thrones," 19 Aug. 2019 However, even that dish was nearly sabotaged by an uninspired rice-and-corn accompaniment. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Inconsistent food and service make for a frustrating dining experience at Inner Harbor’s Blackwall Hitch," 15 Aug. 2019 There is little doubt that contenders will light up Zaidi’s phone in a summer with few premium starters available and so many otherwise solid teams being sabotaged by their inability to get the last three to nine outs of a ballgame. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants open second half with pressing trade questions and a sliver of hope," 11 July 2019 This cooperation would culminate in the Olympic Games operation, which deployed sophisticated computer malware, including the Stuxnet virus, to sabotage Iranian nuclear facilities. New York Times, "The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran," 4 Sep. 2019 Russia started sabotaging the discussion from the very first session. Melissa K. Chan, Time, "China and the U.S Are Fighting a Major Battle Over Killer Robots and the Future of AI," 13 Sep. 2019 The farmer, Walter Jeffries, says someone burglarized his property and sabotaged his fences. BostonGlobe.com, "ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved to round up pigs that escaped from a Vermont farm.," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sabotage

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sabotage

Noun

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

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sabotage was in 1910

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sabotage

noun
How to pronounce sabotage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sabotage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sabotage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sabotage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to destroy or damage (something) deliberately so that it does not work correctly
: to cause the failure of (something) deliberately

sabotage

noun
sab·​o·​tage | \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh How to pronounce sabotage (audio) \

Kids Definition of sabotage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sabotage

verb
sabotaged; sabotaging

Kids Definition of sabotage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

sabotage

noun
sab·​o·​tage | \ ˈsa-bə-ˌtäzh How to pronounce sabotage (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for sabotage

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

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