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root out

Definition of root out

  1. 1 :  to find and remove (something or someone) <The mayor was determined to root out corruption in city government.>

  2. 2 :  to find (something or someone) after searching for a long time <He finally rooted out the cause of the problem.>



Word by Word Definitions

rootplay
  1. :  the usually underground part of a seed plant body that originates usually from the hypocotyl, functions as an organ of absorption, aeration, and food storage or as a means of anchorage and support, and differs from a stem especially in lacking nodes, buds, and leaves

    :  any subterranean plant part (as a true root or a bulb, tuber, rootstock, or other modified stem) especially when fleshy and edible

    :  the part of a tooth within the socket

  1. :  to furnish with or enable to develop roots

    :  to fix or implant by or as if by roots

    :  to grow roots or take root

  1. :  to turn up or dig in the earth with the snout :  grub

    :  to poke or dig about

  1. :  to noisily applaud or encourage a contestant or team :  cheer

    :  to wish the success of or lend support to someone or something

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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