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. verb
    move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment
    “The war uprooted many people”
    synonyms: deracinate
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    type of:
    cause to move, usually with force or pressure
  2. verb
    pull up by or as if by the roots
    uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden”
    synonyms: deracinate, extirpate, root out
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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
  3. verb
    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
    synonyms: eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, root out
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    type of:
    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
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