Pronunciation: (up-rOOt', -root'),[key] —v.t. 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.