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root out

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uproot, extirpate, deracinate, root outverb

    pull up by or as if by the roots

    "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"

  2. uproot, eradicate, extirpate, root out, exterminateverb

    destroy completely, as if down to the roots

    "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"


  1. root outverb

    To remove or abolish completely.

  2. root outverb

    To search for and discover.


  1. root out

    "Root out" generally refers to the act of finding and removing something or someone undesirable or harmful, often from a place or organization where they have been concealed. It can also mean to eradicate or eliminate something completely, often seen in the context of finding solutions to problems.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of root out in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of root out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of root out in a Sentence

  1. Kris Goldsmith:

    Teixeira is a great example of how the department of defense has failed to figure out how to root out extremists, the fact that he was able to get a top secret security clearance after it became known to the local police that he shouldn’t have a gun, kind of boggles the mind and it makes me wonder what other kind of problems there are with the clearance system.

  2. Ashton Carter:

    This is a crime, and its prevalence suggests we're not doing everything that we can, that we need to do, to root out that crime.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Obviously the situation that happened in the Rice family was unfortunate but it did lift up awareness that it’s a real problem that we’ve got to root out, the way it was handled indicates that the NFL was behind the curve, as a lot of institutions have been behind the curve, in sending a clear message.

  4. Sarah Leah Whitson:

    In seeking to enforce its labor laws, Saudi Arabia needs to be aware that these same laws sometimes encourage abuses that lead workers to become undocumented, saudi Arabia will never solve the problem of informal work until it fixes its labor system to root out long-term systemic abuses.

  5. Buddhist:

    Root out the love of self, as you might the autumn lotus with your hand.

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