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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sab-uh-tahzh, sab-uh-tahzh]
    • /ˈsæb əˌtɑʒ, ˌsæb əˈtɑʒ/
    • /ˈsæb.ə.tɑːʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sab-uh-tahzh, sab-uh-tahzh]
    • /ˈsæb əˌtɑʒ, ˌsæb əˈtɑʒ/

Definitions of sabotage word

  • noun sabotage any underhand interference with production, work, etc., in a plant, factory, etc., as by enemy agents during wartime or by employees during a trade dispute. 1
  • noun sabotage any undermining of a cause. 1
  • verb with object sabotage to injure or attack by sabotage. 1
  • noun sabotage undermining, obstruction 1
  • transitive verb sabotage undermine, hinder 1
  • noun sabotage law: obstructing sb's efforts 1

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Origin of sabotage

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
1865-70; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch, orig., to strike, shake up, harry, derivative of sabot sabot + -age -age

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Parts of speech for Sabotage


sabotage popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sabotage usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sabotage

verb sabotage

  • actioned — Simple past tense and past participle of action.
  • axe — An axe is a tool used for cutting wood. It consists of a heavy metal blade which is sharp at one edge and attached by its other edge to the end of a long handle.
  • beaching — an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
  • blot out — If one thing blots out another thing, it is in front of the other thing and prevents it from being seen.
  • break down — If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working.

noun sabotage

  • devilment — devilish or mischievous conduct
  • dirty trick — act: unfair, dishonest
  • disobedience — lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression.
  • funny business — improper or unethical conduct, as deception or trickery: He won't stand for any funny business here.
  • harm — a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.

Antonyms for sabotage

noun sabotage

  • aiding — to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.

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