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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
First recorded in 1610-20; up- + root2
Related forms
uprootedness, noun
uprooter, noun
3. extirpate, banish, eliminate, remove. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for uproot
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  • This should not discourage the grower or cause him to uproot his trees.

  • Grunty Pig meant to uproot the apple tree where they had their nest.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • How long do you think it will take Grunty Pig to uproot our tree?

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Or, to be on the safe side, I'll say he could uproot your tree in ninety-nine summers.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • His whole object is to check those actions and uproot that apathy.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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