Up-root

uproot

[uhp-root, -root]
verb (used with object)
1.
to pull out by or as if by the roots: The hurricane uprooted many trees and telephone poles.
2.
to remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment: The industrial revolution uprooted large segments of the rural population.
3.
to destroy or eradicate as if by pulling out roots: The conquerors uprooted many of the native traditions.
4.
to displace, as from a home or country; tear away, as from customs or a way of life: to uproot a people.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become uprooted.

Origin:
1610–20; up- + root2

uprootedness, noun
uprooter, noun


3. extirpate, banish, eliminate, remove.
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uproot (ʌpˈruːt)
 
vb
1.  to pull up by or as if by the roots
2.  to displace (a person or persons) from native or habitual surroundings
3.  to remove or destroy utterly
 
up'rootedness
 
n
 
up'rooter
 
n

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uproot
1593 (implied in uprooted), in the fig. sense, from up + root. The literal sense is first recorded 1695.
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