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Verb: root out  root awt
  1. Pull up by or as if by the roots
    - uproot, extirpate [formal], deracinate [formal]
     
  2. Remove, destroy or wipe out completely
    "root out corruption";
    - uproot, eradicate, extirpate [formal], exterminate
     
  3. Find, discover or bring to light after significant investigation or search
    - unearth, dig up, dig out

Derived forms: rooted out, roots out, rooting out

Type of: destroy, destruct, displace, locate, move, spifflicate [Brit, informal], spiflicate [Brit, informal], turn up, uncreate [literary]