Definition of uproot in English:


Line breaks: up¦root
Pronunciation: /ʌpˈruːt


[with object]
1Pull (something, especially a tree or plant) out of the ground: the elephant’s trunk is powerful enough to uproot trees
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  • Their trunk is employed to pull branches off trees, uproot grass, pluck fruit, and to place food in their mouths.
  • It was accompanied by a rapid temperature drop, and a squally wind change strong enough to uproot trees and unroof about 50 houses.
  • The storm's winds were strong enough to uproot trees and to knock people off their feet.
pull up, root out, take out, rip out/up, tear up by the roots, grub out/up
1.1Remove or destroy completely; eradicate: a revolution is necessary to uproot the social order
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  • Many Eastern and Southern Indian nations were uprooted and forced to remove themselves beyond the Mississippi River.
  • According to officials who visited the settlements - everything has been destroyed, uprooted, ripped out, or looted.
  • Millions have had their homes destroyed, their lives uprooted, and their futures decimated.
2Move (someone) from their home or a familiar location: my father travelled constantly and uprooted his family several times
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  • The women were forced to constantly uproot their families and move to another part of the country in the hope that they would be able to live in peace.
  • Even if you were offered a job, not many people can afford to uproot their family to move.
  • To ensure success, Chapman then uprooted his family and moved to the USA for three years to build up the client base and develop the manufacturing facility.



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  • The proper thing would be to place the tree uprooters on trial, and to require them, rather than the state, to pay compensation to the injured parties.
  • Extraction of the tree stump is achieved with this known uprooter by manual rotation of the screw threaded spindle which requires great expenditure of force.
  • Should Tower Hamlets Councillors be allowed to act as the social uprooters of the people that make up the borough's ordinary population today?

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