[ dih-ras-uh-neyt ]
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verb (used with object),de·rac·i·nat·ed, de·rac·i·nat·ing.
  1. to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.

  2. to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.

Origin of deracinate

First recorded in 1590–1600; from French déracin(er), equivalent to dé- + -raciner, verbal derivative of racine “root,” from Late Latin rādīcīna for Latin rādīc-, stem of rādīx + -ate; see origin at dis-1, root1, -ate1

Other words from deracinate

  • de·rac·i·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deracinate in a sentence

  • Later, the renewed presence of the beloved lady renewed the love I thought deracinated.

  • It was one of his strong points that he always kept his mental balance even when his most promising theories were deracinated.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard | Thomas W. Hanshew

British Dictionary definitions for deracinate


/ (dɪˈræsɪˌneɪt) /

  1. to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate

  2. to remove, as from a natural environment

Origin of deracinate

C16: from Old French desraciner, from des- dis- 1 + racine root, from Late Latin rādīcīna a little root, from Latin rādīx a root

Derived forms of deracinate

  • deracination, noun

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