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tr.v. de·rac·i·nat·ed, de·rac·i·nat·ing, de·rac·i·nates
1. To pull out by the roots; uproot.
2. To displace from one's native or accustomed environment.
[From French déraciner, from Old French desraciner : des-, de- + racine, root (from Late Latin rādīcīna, from Latin rādīx, rādīc-; see wrād- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
2. to remove, as from a natural environment
[C16: from Old French desraciner, from des- dis-1 + racine root, from Late Latin rādīcīna a little root, from Latin rādīx a root]
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v.t. -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
to uproot; displace.
[1590–1600; < French déracin(er) (dé- dis-1 + -raciner, v. derivative of racine root < Late Latin rādīcīna for Latin rādīx) + -ate1]
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deracinate- "To pluck or tear up by the roots," from Latin racine, "root."
See also related terms for tear.
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Past participle: deracinated
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|Verb||1.||deracinate - move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment; "The war uprooted many people"|
displace - cause to move, usually with force or pressure; "the refugees were displaced by the war"
|2.||deracinate - pull up by or as if by the roots; "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"|
stub - pull up (weeds) by their roots
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