AskDefine | Define uproot

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

User Contributed Dictionary




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

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