uproot

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verb up·root \(ˌ)əp-ˈrüt, -ˈru̇t\

Definition of uproot

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove as if by pulling up

  3. 2 :  to pull up by the roots

  4. 3 :  to displace from a country or traditional habitat

uprootedness

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uprooter

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Examples of uproot in a Sentence

  1. Many trees were uprooted by the storm.

  2. Will we ever be able to uproot racial prejudice?

  3. Taking the job would mean uprooting my family.

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Circa 1620

First Known Use of uproot

circa 1620

Synonym Discussion of 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

UPROOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of uproot for English Language Learners

  • : 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


UPROOT Defined for Kids

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verb up·root \ˌəp-ˈrüt, -ˈru̇t\

Definition of uproot for Students

uprooted

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uprooting

  1. 1 :  to take out by or as if by pulling up by the roots Many trees were uprooted by the storm.

  2. 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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