up·​root | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈrüt How to pronounce uproot (audio) , -ˈru̇t How to pronounce uproot (audio) \
uprooted; uprooting; uproots

Definition of uproot

transitive verb

1 : to remove as if by pulling up
2 : to pull up by the roots
3 : to displace from a country or traditional habitat

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Other Words from uproot

uprootedness noun
uprooter noun

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exterminate, extirpate, eradicate, uproot mean to effect the destruction or abolition of something. exterminate implies complete and immediate extinction by killing off all individuals. exterminate cockroaches extirpate implies extinction of a race, family, species, or sometimes an idea or doctrine by destruction or removal of its means of propagation. many species have been extirpated from the area eradicate implies the driving out or elimination of something that has established itself. a campaign to eradicate illiteracy uproot implies a forcible or violent removal and stresses displacement or dislodgment rather than immediate destruction. the war uprooted thousands

Examples of uproot in a Sentence

Many trees were uprooted by the storm. Will we ever be able to uproot racial prejudice? Taking the job would mean uprooting my family.
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Galu and Diane Tagovailoa uprooted their family from Hawaii to Tuscaloosa to be closer to their son Tua, Alabama’s quarterback. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "The Rise of the Snowplow Sports Parents," 19 June 2019 But after enjoying dinner with his family for his entire life in Southern California, and even at times during his freshman semester at nearby UCLA last fall, Amaya was uprooted from his familiar rituals. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Frankie Amaya: Despite remarkable rise, home is never far from his mind," 14 June 2019 More than 500 families were uprooted as houses and businesses were leveled in the African-American neighborhood. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The art of community: Melvin and Rose Smith celebrate Rondo in Weisman exhibit," 7 June 2019 Streaming on Netflix Tuesday, April 16 Bless This Mess: Lake Bell and Dax Shepard star in this new comedy series about a couple who decides to uproot their lives in New York City and move to rural Nebraska. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "These 9 TV Shows and Movies Are About to Make Your Week So Much Better," 14 Apr. 2019 An initial investigation found the man was cutting one tree when another uprooted, officials said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Man dies when tree falls on him in Maryland," 20 June 2019 Most of those uprooted by conflict worldwide in 2018 — around 41 million — remained displaced in their own countries, while close to 26 million fled across borders and 3.5 million were seeking asylum in third countries. Nick Cumming-bruce, BostonGlobe.com, "Number of people fleeing conflict is highest since World War II, UN says," 19 June 2019 But because the city is on higher ground that San Diego, and because water flows down, the occasional torrential rains will uproot huge clotted masses of tires and send them hurtling down into the ocean and back up onto San Diego’s beaches. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘City of Omens,’ author shares women’s tales of survival in Tijuana," 16 June 2019 Multiple trees were down Sunday and uprooted completely. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "'There was this giant boom': EF-1 tornado damages apartments in Beech Grove," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of uproot

circa 1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of uproot

: to pull (a plant and its root) completely out of the ground
: to remove (something) completely
: to make (someone) leave home and move to a different place


up·​root | \ ˌəp-ˈrüt How to pronounce uproot (audio) , -ˈru̇t\
uprooted; uprooting

Kids Definition of uproot

1 : to take out by or as if by pulling up by the roots Many trees were uprooted by the storm.
2 : to take, send, or force away from a country or a traditional home Taking the job would mean moving and uprooting the family.

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