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[uhp-root, -roo t] /ʌpˈrut, -ˈrʊt/
verb (used with object)
to pull out by or as if by the roots:
The hurricane uprooted many trees and telephone poles.
to remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment:
The industrial revolution uprooted large segments of the rural population.
to destroy or eradicate as if by pulling out roots:
The conquerors uprooted many of the native traditions.
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)
to become uprooted.
Origin of uproot
1610-20; up- + root2
Related forms
uprootedness, noun
uprooter, noun
3. extirpate, banish, eliminate, remove. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for uproot


verb (transitive)
to pull up by or as if by the roots
to displace (a person or persons) from native or habitual surroundings
to remove or destroy utterly
Derived Forms
uprootedness, noun
uprooter, noun
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Word Origin and History for uproot

1590s (implied in uprooted), in the figurative sense, from up + root. The literal sense is first recorded 1690s. Related: Uprooted; uprooting.

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