[uhp-root, -roo t]
- 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.
- to become uprooted.
Origin of uproot
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3. extirpate, banish, eliminate, remove.
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Examples from the Web for uproot
Not everyone has the resources to uproot themselves and move to a "right to die" state, as Brittany and her family have done.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
On the bucket of a bulldozer that had been previously used to uproot the trees in Gezi Park it says, “ I am Free!”Smiling Under a Cloud of Tear Gas: Elif Shafak on Istanbul’s Streets
June 11, 2013
There was no real reason to leave Austria, Freud believed, so why uproot the entire family?Goce Smilevski’s ‘Freud’s Sister’
January 11, 2013
It would be enormously disruptive, and unpopular, to uproot them over night.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation: Should the Rich Get Soaked?
November 13, 2012
Nor did these efforts in any way “uproot” or “displace” Palestinian society.Media Distort Mideast Debate
May 22, 2011
This should not discourage the grower or cause him to uproot his trees.Walnut Growing in Oregon
Grunty Pig meant to uproot the apple tree where they had their nest.
How long do you think it will take Grunty Pig to uproot our tree?
Or, to be on the safe side, I'll say he could uproot your tree in ninety-nine summers.
His whole object is to check those actions and uproot that apathy.Hilaire Belloc
C. Creighton Mandell
- 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
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Word Origin and History for uproot
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