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 In the past 18 months alone hundreds of Ethiopians have been killed and millions uprooted by ethnic conflicts that often draw on historical grievances, real or exaggerated. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 7 Nov. 2019 Over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli authorities and settlers since 1967, according to research from the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem. Noor Ibrahim, Time, "Olive Groves in the West Bank Have Become a Battleground. That's Why Volunteers Come From Around the World to Help at Harvest Time," 1 Nov. 2019 Anisa Ibrahim was 5 years old when her life was uprooted by the grisly consequences of a gruesome civil war. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A Somali refugee just became the director of the Seattle clinic where she was cared for as a child," 26 Oct. 2019 Along with his longtime college girlfriend and their infant son, Murray uprooted and made Cleveland home. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Fate will match Browns cornerback Eric Murray, Patriots QB Tom Brady against each other again Sunday," 25 Oct. 2019 In 2017, founder Ty Haney uprooted the headquarters for Outdoor Voices from New York City to Austin. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "How Austin has become a hub for female-led startups," 18 Oct. 2019 But the vast amount of damage was done by falling trees, including large ones that were uprooted by the force of the winds. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Northeast ‘Bomb Cyclone’: Powerful Winds Knock Out Power to 500,000," 17 Oct. 2019 Tens of thousands of people were uprooted from their homes. Anchorage Daily News, "Pence: U.S., Turkey agree to 5-day cease-fire in Syria to let Kurds withdraw," 17 Oct. 2019 Mayfield Heights also had similar incidents like in Lyndhurst, and a tree was uprooted in Cleveland Heights. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Share your pictures of storm damage in Cuyahoga County," 14 Sep. 2019

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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 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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