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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wilding: Right now many people are finding it hard to uproot themselves–to take a new job or to create healthier work habits. Forbes, 8 Mar. 2022 Natalie Cruz, a psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who regularly works with migrant families, told me that the mourning is qualitatively different for those who uproot their life for asylum or due to political upheaval. Sheon Han, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2022 As for her decision to uproot her life and try something new at this stage of her life, McBurney has no regrets. cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 Because she's done what everyone tells you not to do — uproot your life for someone — and yet rom-coms tell us to do just that. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 24 Mar. 2022 His inability to uproot corruption and government inefficiency, and his failure to resolve the conflict in the east, had eroded his popularity. The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2022 The history of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising against Stalin, which ended with Soviet tanks crushing the movement to uproot the Communist Party, is still taught in Hungarian schools. John Fund, National Review, 29 Mar. 2022 The negotiations also sparked skepticism about whether the Bills would have ultimately abandoned New York without a large government subsidy, though the owners never publicly threatened to uproot the team. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Tiffany is preparing to uproot her life and relocate to Denver for her husband’s job. Essence, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of uproot

circa 1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproot. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for uproot


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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