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 With the region hard hit by hurricanes, drought and the Covid-19 pandemic, migrants have been forced to uproot their lives and leave their ancestral homes. Mari Carmen Aponte, CNN, 7 June 2021 Gottlieb plans to go back and forth this summer, not wanting to uproot her family immediately. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 28 May 2021 While the war against the Taliban failed to uproot the militant group, the country has made tremendous strides in the economy, education, health care and gender equality. Ian Pannell, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 Worries about the fast-changing auto industry and the stability of their jobs have left hundreds still unsure whether to uproot entirely and sell their homes. John Seewer, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2021 Residents fear the developer will uproot its cultural significance. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 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, 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, 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, 12 Feb. 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Uproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproot. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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