Definition of uproot in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Pull (something, especially a tree or plant) out of the ground.

    ‘the elephant's trunk is powerful enough to uproot trees’
    • ‘Their trunk is employed to pull branches off trees, uproot grass, pluck fruit, and to place food in their mouths.’
    • ‘The storm's winds were strong enough to uproot trees and to knock people off their feet.’
    • ‘It doesn't automatically give us the power to uproot trees and cast them into the sea.’
    • ‘As the sun beats down on Africa, a woman in a veld in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is hunched over her task - uprooting a species of flowering plant.’
    • ‘As a result the club has closed off the upstairs until further notice. A poplar tree was also uprooted by the wind, falling across a pavement on Thornham Drive in Astley Bridge.’
    • ‘The industrialization of agriculture after the Second World War, with its attendant use of chemicals and uprooting of hedgerows, has destroyed the habitat of many familiar plants and animal species.’
    • ‘When the skies open up over the desert, watercourses alter, rivers gouge out deep channels and tracks, roads break up, trees are uprooted and our dramatic countryside changes yet again.’
    • ‘Emergency services were deluged with calls at the weekend as strong winds blew through the county causing structural damage to buildings, uprooting trees and turning over vehicles.’
    • ‘More than 6,000 trees were uprooted and many electricity poles were knocked down.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in deforested Haiti, wind gusts uprooted a palm tree and flung it into a mud hut, killing one person and injuring three in southern Les Cayes town, the Red Cross said.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in Britain motorways and minor roads were closed as lorries overturned, trees were uprooted and chimney stacks were toppled by 90 mph gusts.’
    • ‘For the first time in more than 300 years, a tornado touched down in Pittsburgh on June 2, 1998, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees and downing power lines.’
    • ‘Torrential rain was said to be flooding eastern Jamaica with punishing winds knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping off roofs.’
    • ‘In the latest incident, early this week thugs uprooted a tree which had been planted in 1973 to celebrate friendships formed on an exchange between Shipley and Hamm in Germany, which were later officially twinned.’
    • ‘Powerful gusts uprooted trees, twisted steel towers and knocked down bridges, rendering many roadways impassable.’
    • ‘It was accompanied by a rapid temperature drop, and a squally wind change strong enough to uproot trees and unroof about 50 houses.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, heavy rain, recorded at 59.2 mm by the Met Department, flooded several areas and uprooted trees in various parts of the City.’
    • ‘Instead, the palm trees are uprooted and rotting on the sand, which is hidden by rubble and rubbish.’
    • ‘Very many trees were uprooted by the combination of high winds and sodden ground.’
    pull up, root out, take out, rip out, rip up, tear up by the roots, grub out, grub up
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    1. 1.1 Eradicate; destroy.
      ‘a revolution is necessary to uproot the social order’
      • ‘Up to a million people were displaced, their lives uprooted and their communities destroyed.’
      • ‘Civic unrest infiltrated every corner of the globe, varying in specific movements but all concerned with uprooting authoritarianism in all its political, social and economic permutations.’
      • ‘Practitioners had to ask: How much should we uproot and eradicate in order to re-create?’
      • ‘True, Rifkin readily acknowledges that globalization is uprooting cultures, threatening languages, and ruthlessly destroying the domestic economies of developing nations.’
      • ‘Whole communities and long settled social orders have been suddenly uprooted by externally imposed political economic change.’
      • ‘According to officials who visited the settlements - everything has been destroyed, uprooted, ripped out, or looted.’
      • ‘Many Eastern and Southern Indian nations were uprooted and forced to remove themselves beyond the Mississippi River.’
      • ‘Instead, I recommend you join the global struggle to uproot this vile system.’
      • ‘Millions have had their homes destroyed, their lives uprooted, and their futures decimated.’
      • ‘And any significant transformation of Caribbean reality will have to begin with the uprooting of all the social relationships and structures that resulted from plantation existence.’
      • ‘City officials argue that officers need more elbow room to photograph, tape and infiltrate political and social organizations to uproot terror networks.’
      • ‘Epidemics wiped out villages, uprooted tribes, and undermined resistance to European territorial incursions.’
      • ‘Consequently, they search for new ways to eradicate disparities in income, seeking additional means of uprooting poverty.’
      eradicate, get rid of, eliminate, root out, weed out, remove, destroy, put an end to, do away with, wipe out, stamp out, extirpate, abolish, extinguish
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  • 2Move (someone) from their home or a familiar location.

    ‘my father traveled constantly and uprooted his family several times’
    • ‘The player, meanwhile, is forced to uproot his family and move to another team because he didn't anticipate that such a situation could happen when he signed the deal in the first place.’
    • ‘As a wife of a traveling shipyard worker, Missy tries to keep a positive attitude about constantly uprooting her family, a feeling many Navy wives can easily relate to.’
    • ‘It's been 20 years this fall since we were uprooted from Calgary and moved to the City of Bridges.’
    • ‘When I was two, my parents moved uprooted me from tourist-destination city Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, to small bush town Bethel, Alaska.’
    • ‘‘These boys were uprooted from their families, from their homes,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wedding talk surfaced in early April, when Brad and Angelina uprooted their family to set up camp across the globe in Namibia.’
    • ‘It turned out to be a good decision not to uproot the family as the job lasted for only six weeks.’
    • ‘Do they move house or job and therefore uproot children from friends and familiar surroundings?’
    • ‘As for the indigenous people, a small fraction were better off, but most were uprooted from their traditional lands whose fragile ecosystems had been destroyed.’
    • ‘She even tried to get us to move over there and live with her in her mansion, but my dad didn't want to uproot his family.’
    • ‘Even if you were offered a job, not many people can afford to uproot their family to move.’
    • ‘A hundred thousand people were uprooted from their homes and moved to this city in the middle of nowhere.’
    • ‘‘On that day, a crime was committed against a people, who were uprooted from their land and whose existence was destroyed and who were forced to flee to all areas of the world,’ he said.’
    • ‘Despite a flourishing career as a freelance writer and a home in rural New England, he felt the Irish connection so strongly that he uprooted his family to move here.’
    • ‘My family are very settled in the area and at this stage of my career my wife and I are not prepared to uproot the children and take them to a different school.’
    • ‘This would entail uprooting people and resettling them somewhere else.’
    • ‘As bombing raids attacking Britain's cities increased during World War Two, thousands of children were uprooted from their families and sent to the safety of the countryside.’
    • ‘But it is not just hunger that has uprooted these desperate people from their homes.’
    • ‘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.’