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undo

[ uhn-doo ]
/ ʌnˈdu /
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verb (used with object), un·did, un·done, un·do·ing.

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unlock, unravel, loosen, mar, reverse, wreck, subvert, ruin, shatter, abolish, quash, spoil, offset, negate, destroy, overturn, undermine, annul, unloosen, unbind

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undistributed, undistributed middle, undisturbed, undivided, undivided profits, undo, undock, undocumented, undoing, undomesticated, undone

Origin of undo

before 900; Middle English; Old English undōn; cognate with Dutch ontdoen. See un-2, do1
Related formsun·do·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedundo undue
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British Dictionary definitions for undo

undo

/ (ʌnˈduː) /

verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (mainly tr)

(also intr) to untie, unwrap, or open or become untied, unwrapped, etc
to reverse the effects of
to cause the downfall of
obsolete to explain or solve
Derived Formsundoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undo

undo


v.

Old English undon "to unfasten and open" (a window or door), "to unfasten by releasing from a fixed position," from un- (2) + do (v.). The notion is of "to annul something that was done." Related: Undone; undoing.

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