[ sab-uh-tahzh, sab-uh-tahzh ]
/ ˈsæb əˌtɑʒ, ˌsæb əˈtɑʒ /


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.
any undermining of a cause.

verb (used with object), sab·o·taged, sab·o·tag·ing.

to injure or attack by sabotage.

Origin of sabotage

1865–70; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch, orig., to strike, shake up, harry, derivative of sabot sabot + -age -age

Related forms

un·sab·o·taged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sabotage


/ (ˈsæbəˌtɑːʒ) /


the deliberate destruction, disruption, or damage of equipment, a public service, etc, as by enemy agents, dissatisfied employees, etc
any similar action or behaviour


(tr) to destroy, damage, or disrupt, esp by secret means

Word Origin for sabotage

C20: from French, from saboter to spoil through clumsiness (literally: to clatter in sabots)
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