undo

verb un·do \ ˌən-ˈdü , ˈən- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of undo

undid play \ˌən-ˈdid, ˈən-\; undone play \ˌən-ˈdən, ˈən-\; undoing play \ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ, ˈən-\
transitive verb
1 :to open or loose by releasing a fastening
2 :to make of no effect or as if not done :make null :reverse
3 a :to ruin the worldly means, reputation, or hopes of
  • a politician undone by scandal
b :to disturb the composure of :upset
  • she's come undone
c :seduce 3
intransitive verb
:to come open or apart

undoer

play \ˌən-ˈdü-ər, ˈən-\ noun

Examples of undo in a Sentence

  1. You can't undo the past.

  2. The damage cannot be undone.

  3. He was undone by greed.

Recent Examples of undo from the Web

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First Known Use of undo

before 12th century


UNDO Defined for English Language Learners

undo

verb

Definition of undo for English Language Learners

  • : to open or release (something) : to unfasten or loosen (something)

  • : to change or stop the effect of (something)

  • : to cause the failure of (someone or something)


UNDO Defined for Kids

undo

verb un·do \ ˌən-ˈdü \

Definition of undo for Students

undid \-ˈdid\; undone \-ˈdən\; undoing \-ˈdü-iŋ\; undoes \-ˈdəz\
1 :untie 2, unfasten
  • Can you undo this knot?
2 :to cancel the effect of :reverse
  • The damage cannot be undone.
3 :to cause the ruin or failure of
  • He was undone by greed.


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