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"sabotage" in British English

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sabotageverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsæb.ə.tɑːʒ/
(Definition of sabotage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sabotageverb [T]

 us   /ˈsæb·əˌtɑʒ/
to ​intentionallydamage or ​destroyproperty: Enemy ​agents had sabotaged the ​bridge. fig. The ​bombing was ​meant to sabotage the ​peacetalks.
sabotage
noun [U]  us   /ˈsæb·əˌtɑʒ/
The ​explosion was not an ​accident, it was sabotage.
(Definition of sabotage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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sabotageverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsæbətɑːʒ/
to intentionally ​damage or destroy something, for ​exampleequipment or a ​system, that belongs to someone else, so that it cannot be used: He ​claims the animal ​rightsgroup sabotaged their ​vehicles and ​trailers.
to intentionally do something that ​stops someone from ​achieving what they want or ​stops something from ​developing as it should: At that ​time the western ​aidprograms were believed to be attempts to sabotage the Russian ​economy.

sabotagenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈsæbətɑːʒ/
damage done intentionally to something, for ​exampleequipment or a ​system, that belongs to someone else, so that it cannot be used: The ​oilgiant said it ​averaged 221 ​oil spills in recent ​years, because of ​agingequipment and sabotage. industrial/​economic sabotage
the ​act of intentionally ​trying to ​stop someone from ​achieving something or to ​stop something from ​developing: To prevent further sabotage of their ​fraudinvestigation, FBI ​agentsmoved quickly.
(Definition of sabotage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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