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Definition of sabotage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sabotage

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sabotage
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
     
    he / she / it sabotages
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒɪz//
     
    past simple sabotaged
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒd//
     
    past participle sabotaged
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒd//
     
    -ing form sabotaging
    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1sabotage something to damage or destroy something deliberately to prevent an enemy from using it or to protest about something The main electricity supply had been sabotaged by the rebels.
  2. 2sabotage something to prevent something from being successful or being achieved, especially deliberately Protesters failed to sabotage the peace talks. The rise in interest rates sabotaged any chance of the firm's recovery. They accused him of deliberately sabotaging the peace talks. They had tried to sabotage our plans.
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: from French, from saboter ‘kick with sabots (a simple shoe), wilfully destroy’.
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