up·​root | \(ˌ)əp-ˈrüt, -ˈru̇t \
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

Choose the Right Synonym for uproot

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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Several trees were uprooted and fell on homes or fell across lawns, barely missing homes. charlotteobserver, "Severe storms bring down trees, cause power outages in several counties," 15 June 2018 The tornado, with wind speeds estimated at 85 miles per hour and a width of up to 120 yards, uprooted large pines and oaks, mostly along Arcola Road. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "4 tornadoes touched down in South Louisiana during stormy Saturday," 17 Apr. 2018 There was roof damage at some of the players' homes and uprooted trees. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Friday marks 20th anniversary of deadly tornado that ripped through central Florida, Astros facility," 23 Feb. 2018 In large parts of Hiroshima, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees, and mud. Haruka Nuga, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers search for 80 still missing after Japan floods," 9 July 2018 In Hiroshima prefecture, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 However numerous trees have been uprooted in the past couple of weeks as heavy rains have soaked the soil and sometimes loosened the trees’ grip on the ground. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Big tree comes down on a Metrobus in Alexandria, Va.," 27 June 2018 They have been uprooted from their families, some forcibly, and sent hundreds, even thousands, of miles away for the explicit purpose of stripping them of their culture and heritage. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 Nearly 3 million people have been uprooted since the Islamist movement Boko Haram began its insurgency here a decade ago, taking deliberate aim at education. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Young Nigerians choose to fight Boko Haram with books," 20 June 2018

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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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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, -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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