[ sab-uh-tahzh, sab-uh-tahzh ]
See synonyms for: sabotagesabotagessabotaging on

  1. 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.

  2. any undermining of a cause.

verb (used with object),sab·o·taged, sab·o·tag·ing.
  1. to injure or attack by sabotage.

Origin of sabotage

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

Other words for sabotage

Other words from sabotage

  • un·sab·o·taged, adjective

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How to use sabotage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sabotage


/ (ˈsæbəˌtɑːʒ) /

  1. the deliberate destruction, disruption, or damage of equipment, a public service, etc, as by enemy agents, dissatisfied employees, etc

  2. any similar action or behaviour

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

Origin of sabotage

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

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