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undoing

[uhn-doo-ing]
noun
1.
the reversing of what has been done; annulling.
2.
a bringing to destruction, ruin, or disaster.
3.
a cause of destruction or ruin.
4.
the act of unfastening or loosing.
5.
Psychiatry. an unconscious defense mechanism through which an attempt is made to reverse a psychologically unacceptable act by doing its opposite, usually repetitiously, in order to relieve anxiety.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see undo, -ing1

self-undoing, adjective


1. reversal, negation, thwarting.
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undo

[uhn-doo]
verb (used with object), undid, undone, undoing.
1.
to reverse the doing of; cause to be as if never done: Murder once done can never be undone.
2.
to do away with; erase; efface: to undo the havoc done by the storm.
3.
to bring to ruin or disaster; destroy: In the end his lies undid him.
4.
to unfasten by releasing: to undo a gate; to undo a button.
5.
to untie or loose (a knot, rope, etc.).
6.
to open (a package, wrapping, etc.).
7.
Archaic. to explain; interpret.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English undōn; cognate with Dutch ontdoen. See un-2, do1

undoable, adjective

undo, undue.
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undo (ʌnˈduː)
 
vb , -does, -doing, -did, -done
1.  (also intr) to untie, unwrap, or open or become untied, unwrapped, etc
2.  to reverse the effects of
3.  to cause the downfall of
4.  obsolete to explain or solve
 
un'doer
 
n

undoing (ʌnˈduːɪŋ)
 
n
1.  ruin; downfall
2.  the cause of downfall: drink was his undoing

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undo
O.E. undon "to unfasten and open" (a window or door), "to unfasten by releasing from a fixed position," from un- (2) + do. Undone "not accomplished" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "destroyed" is recorded from mid-14c.; the notion is of "to annul something
that was done." Undoing "action of bringing to ruin" is recorded from late 14c.
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