Meaning of uproot

up•root

Pronunciation: (up-rt', -root'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to pull out by or as if by the roots: The hurricane uprooted many trees and telephone poles.
  2. to remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment: The industrial revolution uprooted large segments of the rural population.
  3. to destroy or eradicate as if by pulling out roots: The conquerors uprooted many of the native traditions.
  4. to displace, as from a home or country; tear away, as from customs or a way of life: to uproot a people.
—v.i.
  1. to become uprooted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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