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 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle uprooted their lives this year in favor of a fresh start in the United States. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's Friends Say He Feels Like His Life Has Been "Turned Upside Down" by His Move to America," 2 May 2020 This abrupt and total freezing of social and economic activity across the country has rudely uprooted at least 40 million lives. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A father, a son, a daughter: the casualties of India’s coronavirus lockdown," 23 Apr. 2020 The damage reports from some areas were almost incredible, with trees uprooted, homes and buildings smashed and literally blown away, power lines down, telephone service out – and hundreds upon hundreds of people left homeless. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "From the archives: Deadly tornado struck Xenia and Cincinnati 46 years ago," 3 Apr. 2020 The change uprooted his life, and jump-started what would become a professional career including two Overwatch World Cup appearances with Canada in 2018 and 2019, two years in Contenders and an inevitable rise to OWL. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "How Crimzo, the Dallas Fuel’s newest player, moved from rocky school days to a key cog on his Overwatch League team," 24 Mar. 2020 But after 25 years at the London Business School as a finance professor, the Italian native uprooted her life to become dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management last summer. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Kellogg Dean Says M.B.A.’s Future Is Uncertain, and That’s All Right," 4 Mar. 2020 Over the last three years, the violence in Cameroon has led to more than 3,000 deaths and uprooted half a million people—the fastest-growing displacement crisis in Africa, according to the International Rescue Committee. Matt Katz, The Atlantic, "The World’s Refugee System Is Broken," 29 Feb. 2020 Five months after having my first baby, still in the hardest, haziest slog of early parenthood, I was offered a job at the BBC in London, which meant uprooting my new family from our life in Toronto to chase my career ambitions an entire ocean away. Amil Niazi, refinery29.com, "Putting Myself First Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Mum," 7 May 2020 This insight into the women’s community, which the movie situates in a deeply homophobic era, elucidates Pat’s resistance to uprooting the two from their Chicago home. Natalia Winkelman, New York Times, "‘A Secret Love’ Review: A Lesbian Couple’s Enduring Affection," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Uproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproot. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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