Etymology
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uproot (v.)

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

updated on March 03, 2014

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Definitions of uproot from WordNet

uproot (v.)
move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment;
The war uprooted many people
Synonyms: deracinate
uproot (v.)
destroy completely, as if down to the roots;
the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted
Synonyms: eradicate / extirpate / root out / exterminate
uproot (v.)
pull up by or as if by the roots;
uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden
Synonyms: extirpate / deracinate / root out
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