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Uproot definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

UPROOT', v.t. [up and root.] To root up; to tear up by the roots; as, to uproot the hills or trees.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Date: circa 1620 1. to remove as if by pulling up 2. to pull up by the roots 3. to displace from a country or traditional habitat Synonyms: see exterminate uprootedness noun uprooter noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 pull (a plant etc.) up from the ground. 2 displace (a person) from an accustomed location. 3 eradicate, destroy. Derivatives: uprooter n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Uproot Up*root", v. t. To root up; to tear up by the roots, or as if by the roots; to remove utterly; to eradicate; to extirpate. Trees uprooted left their place. --Dryden. At his command the uprooted hills retired. --Milton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(uproots, uprooting, uprooted) 1. If you uproot yourself or if you are uprooted, you leave, or are made to leave, a place where you have lived for a long time. ...the trauma of uprooting themselves from their homes... He had no wish to uproot Dena from her present home. ...refugees who were uprooted during Ethiopia's civil war. VERB: V pron-refl, V n, be V-ed 2. If someone uproots a tree or plant, or if the wind uproots it, it is pulled out of the ground. ...fallen trees which have been uprooted by the storm. ...uprooted trees. VERB: V n, V-ed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Eradicate, extirpate, pull up by the roots, tear up by the roots.

Moby Thesaurus

abate, abolish, annihilate, avulse, banish, blot out, buck off, cut out, demolish, depose, deracinate, destroy, devastate, dig out, dig up, disentangle, dislodge, dismount, displace, draw, draw out, dredge, dredge up, eliminate, eradicate, evolve, evulse, excavate, excise, exile, exsect, exterminate, extirpate, extract, extricate, get out, gouge out, grub up, kill, liquidate, mine, move, overthrow, overturn, pick out, pluck out, pluck up, pull, pull out, pull up, purge, quarry, rake out, ravage, remove, replace, rip out, root out, root up, ruin, shift, subvert, supersede, supplant, sweep away, take out, tear out, throw off, transfer, transplant, unearth, unhorse, unplace, unravel, unsaddle, unseat, weed out, wipe out, withdraw, wrest out

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