undoes, undoing, undid, undone
1) VERB If you undo something that is closed, tied, or held together, or if you undo the thing holding it, you loosen or remove the thing holding it.

[V n] I managed secretly to undo a corner of the parcel...

[V n] I undid the bottom two buttons of my yellow and grey shirt...

[V-ed] Some clamps that had held the device together came undone.

2) VERB To undo something that has been done means to reverse its effect.

[V n] A heavy-handed approach from the police could undo that good impression...

[V n] She knew it would be difficult to undo the damage that had been done...

[V n] If Michael won, he would undo everything I have fought for.

3) VERB: usu passive If a person, organization, or plan is undone by something, that thing causes their failure.

[be V-ed by n] They were undone by a goal from John Barnes...

[be V-ed by n] Macbeth is the story of a Scottish soldier who becomes king but is undone by his own ambition.

4) See also , undone

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