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.
- up·root·ed·ness, noun
- up·root·er, noun
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How to use uproot in a sentence
Nearly a century later, as our team rode bicycles across a different continent, that history—and the way it had affected and uprooted generations of my family—made me wary of Ersin.How Biking Across America Formed an Unlikely Friendship | Raffi Joe Wartanian | October 8, 2020 | Outside Online
A breathable lining keeps things comfortable, even as you trek through mud or rain or uprooted gardens.
The hopelessness of the pattern was now clear, and the pandemic had already uprooted so many Americans.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Now Hong Kong is taking a sharply repressive turn under a sweeping new national security law imposed on June 30, forcing many to once again think about uprooting themselves—this time perhaps forever.Hong Kong is about to see a Tiananmen-era wave of migration | Karen Ho | August 16, 2020 | Quartz
In January, 1989, my 26-year-old father uprooted his life to move to the other side of the world.The human cost of a WeChat ban: severing a hundred million ties | Karen Hao | August 13, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
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 | Gene Robinson | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Elif Shafak | June 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was no real reason to leave Austria, Freud believed, so why uproot the entire family?
It would be enormously disruptive, and unpopular, to uproot them over night.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation: Should the Rich Get Soaked? | Daniel Gross | November 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Baldacci said that despite feeling "very compelled" to run, he couldn't uproot his family.
He boasted he would uproot single-handed, in one hour, all the trees in the Royal pleasaunce.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
They will pull down with their trunks battlements, and uproot trees, standing erect upon their hind feet.
It was a cherished aim of the Club to uproot foolish superstitions, hence Friday.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
This should not discourage the grower or cause him to uproot his trees.Walnut Growing in Oregon | Various
Go over the border plants and uproot all grass that has secured a foothold there.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
British Dictionary definitions for uproot
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
- uprootedness, noun
- uprooter, noun
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