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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many of Lively’s peers in the division are having to make the same difficult choice to uproot their lives for Disney. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Nov. 2021 This conversation positions migrants as eager American citizens starting exciting new lives, not as people with full–and generally tragic–histories before wanting–and generally needing–to uproot themselves and go to America. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Occasionally, British newspapers carry rumors of a threat to uproot the entire thing. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 That’s when My Hometown stepped in to assist Nuckolls with the removal so the tree would no longer uproot his life or empty his pockets. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2021 The fact that the US is recognized as a global haven undermines American credibility in the fight to uproot global corruption. Chuck Collins For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 Are coal-plant workers in West Virginia going to uproot their families and relocate to southern California for short-term solar installation? Kat Dwyer, National Review, 5 Oct. 2021 The law allows insider private citizens to sue on behalf of the government to uproot fraud against taxpayers. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Companies can offer jobs to the best and the brightest without asking those individuals to uproot their lives and move to a new location, which is difficult for anyone, but even more so for those who must cross international borders. Bilal Aijazi, Forbes, 13 Sep. 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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“Uproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproot. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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