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verb [T] uk   /səbˈvɜːt/ us    /-ˈvɝːt/ formal
to try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system: The rebel army is attempting to subvert the government. Our best intentions are sometimes subverted by our natural tendency to selfishness.
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