root out

Definitions of root out
  1. verb
    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
    “"the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" " root out corruption”
    synonyms: eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, uproot
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    type of:
    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  2. verb
    pull up by or as if by the roots
    synonyms: deracinate, extirpate, uproot
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    pull up (weeds) by their roots
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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