Pronunciation: (up-rOOt', -root'), [key]
1. to pull out by or as if by the roots: The hurricane uprooted many trees and telephone poles.
2. to remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment: The industrial revolution uprooted large segments of the rural population.
3. to destroy or eradicate as if by pulling out roots: The conquerors uprooted many of the native traditions.
4. to displace, as from a home or country; tear away, as from customs or a way of life: to uproot a people.
to become uprooted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.