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root out

(tr, adverb) to remove or eliminate completely: we must root out inefficiency.
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Verb1.root out - pull up by or as if by the rootsroot out - 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
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
2.root out - destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
destroy, destruct - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"
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root 1

1. The most central and material part:
Law: gravamen.
2. A fundamental principle or underlying concept:
4. A point of origin from which ideas or influences, for example, originate:
5. The main part of a word to which affixes are attached:
1. To implant so deeply as to make change nearly impossible:
2. To provide a basis for:
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يَتَخَلَّص كُليّا منيَسْتَأصِل
hive op med rodudrydde
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kökünden söküp çıkarmakkökünü kazımak

w>root out

vt sep
(lit) = root up
(fig) (= remove) evilmit der Wurzel ausreißen; (= find)aufspüren, ausgraben (inf)
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(ruːt) noun
1. the part of a plant that grows under the ground and draws food and water from the soil. Trees often have deep roots; Carrots and turnips are edible roots.
2. the base of something growing in the body. the roots of one's hair/teeth.
3. cause; origin. Love of money is the root of all evil; We must get at the root of the trouble.
4. (in plural) family origins. Our roots are in Scotland.
to (make something) grow roots. These plants aren't rooting very well; He rooted the plants in compost.
root beer
a kind of non-alcoholic drink made from the roots of certain plants.
root crop
plants with roots that are grown for food. The farm has three fields of root crops.
root out
1. to pull up or tear out by the roots. The gardener began to root out the weeds.
2. to get rid of completely. We must do our best to root out poverty.
take root
to grow firmly; to become established. The plants soon took root.
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