root out

Definition of root out

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

root play
  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

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

  3. : the part of a tooth within the socket

  1. : to furnish with or enable to develop roots

  2. : to fix or implant by or as if by roots

  3. : to remove altogether by or as if by pulling out by the roots

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

  2. : to poke or dig about

  3. : to turn over, dig up, or discover and bring to light

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

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

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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