What does uproot mean?

Definitions for uproot
ʌpˈrut, -ˈrʊtup·root

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uproot, deracinateverb

    move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment

    "The war uprooted many people"

  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"

  3. uproot, extirpate, deracinate, root outverb

    pull up by or as if by the roots

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


  1. uprootverb

    To root up; to tear up by the roots, or as if by the roots; to extirpate.

  2. uprootverb

    To remove utterly; to eradicate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Uprootverb

    To tear up by the root.

    Etymology: up and root.

    Orpheus could lead the savage race,
    And trees uprooted left their place,
    Sequacious of the lyre:
    But bright Cecilia rais’d the wonder higher,
    When to her organ vocal breath was giv’n,
    An angel heard, and straight appear’d,
    Mistaking earth for heav’n. Dryden.


  1. uproot

    To uproot generally means to completely remove or eradicate something from its existing location or environment. This could refer to physically pulling out plants from the ground or metaphorically removing individuals, ideas, or systems from their established positions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uprootverb

    to root up; to tear up by the roots, or as if by the roots; to remove utterly; to eradicate; to extirpate


  1. Uproot

    Uproot is a 2008 mix produced by DJ /rupture. A related compilation album Uproot: The Ingredients was co-released, which features the original recordings used in the mix.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uproot

    up-rōōt′, v.t. to tear up by the roots.—n. Uproot′al, act of uprooting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uproot in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uproot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of uproot in a Sentence

  1. Orla Kelleher:

    A lot of people have been here undocumented for more than half their life, if you see this as home it's difficult to see where your future lies and having to uproot your family and start a new life somewhere you haven't lived for years.

  2. Janai Nelson:

    That is where the entrenchment of hyper-conservatism is real and difficult to uproot.

  3. Barham Salih:

    Top Iraqi government officials will not be calm unless Top Iraqi government officials uproot the hateful and cowardly terrorism, and it is certain that the will of the Iraqis is beyond their criminality and villainy.

  4. Thein Nyint:

    We can be sure they will uproot him by hook or by crook, so my best advice for him is 'resign from the speaker's position if you want to prevent further perils for you and your family'.

  5. The Talmud:

    He who has more learning than goodness is like a tree with many branches and few roots, which the first wind throws down; whilst he whose works are greater than his knowledge is like a tree with many roots and fewer branches, which all the winds of heaven cannot uproot.

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