uproot

When you uproot people, you move them from one place to a completely new one. Your parents may need to uproot you if your mom gets a new job all the way across the country.

One meaning of the verb uproot is "move," especially when a person is forced to move. Another way to use uproot is more literal: to pull a plant out of the ground, roots and all. You might, for example, uproot your favorite rose bush and replant it in a sunnier spot in your garden. Interestingly, the figurative sense of uproot is about a hundred years older than the literal meaning, which was first used in the late 1600's.

Definitions of uproot
1

v move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment

“The war uprooted many people”
Synonyms:
deracinate
Type of:
displace
cause to move, usually with force or pressure

v pull up by or as if by the roots

uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden”
Synonyms:
deracinate, extirpate, root out
Types:
stub
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

v destroy completely, as if down to the roots

Synonyms:
eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, root out
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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