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

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

“The war uprooted many people”
Type of:
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”
deracinate, extirpate, root out
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

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

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