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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Recent Examples on the Web Residents fear the developer will uproot its cultural significance. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "South Phoenix residents push back on large development in iconic South Plaza," 18 Mar. 2021 Still, inequality runs so deep in the United States that even the nearly $2 trillion in the Biden package alone won't uproot it. Paul Wiseman, Chron, "Rescue aid package may reduce inequality, but for how long?," 13 Mar. 2021 Whereas a worker would usually expect to change jobs every so many years, oftentimes having to uproot their living situation, the thinking now is that those remote workers can likely stay put the preponderance of their working days. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars To Be Especially Welcomed In “Zoom Towns”," 12 Mar. 2021 The choice wouldn’t be easy personally, because of the potential need to uproot his/her family, or professionally, because of the daunting challenges — in particular, the issue of media rights. Jon Wilner | Bay Area News Group, oregonlive, "There are qualified internal candidates for Pac-12 commissioner, but the politics are thorny," 12 Feb. 2021 Unclear is whether the Trump corporation will uproot from New York and move to Florida. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Florida is 'new HQ of the MAGA movement'," 22 Jan. 2021 The decennial census only captures the beginning of the pandemic, which is prompting some Americans to uproot after years of record-low domestic migration. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "New Population Data Suggest Which States Will Win and Lose Seats in Congress," 22 Dec. 2020 Sunny Cheung, a 25-year-old activist now in exile who ran successfully in the primary election, said Beijing was seizing on the U.S. presidential transition to uproot what little democracy remained in the territory. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in one of China’s biggest crackdowns," 5 Jan. 2021 According to the court filing, only Tim, John, and a third brother, Chris, were willing to uproot their families and invest in and manage out-of-state distributorships, including in New York City, upstate New York, and Wisconsin. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Sons sue Duxbury beer baron Jerry Sheehan, claim he tapped company funds for personal use," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of uproot

circa 1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uproot was circa 1620

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“Uproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproot. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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