root out

  • 1 root out — (something) to find and remove a problem. She promises to root out corruption in state government. Retreating forces can blend into the landscape, making it more difficult to root them out …

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  • 2 root out — index destroy (efface), disinter, extirpate, ferret, solve Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 root out — verb 1. pull up by or as if by the roots (Freq. 1) uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden • Syn: ↑uproot, ↑extirpate, ↑deracinate • Derivationally related forms: ↑deracination ( …

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  • 4 root out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you root out a person, you find them and force them from the place they are in, usually in order to punish them. [V P n (not pron)] The generals have to root out traitors... [V n P] It shouldn t take too long to root him out.… …

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  • 5 root out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms root out : present tense I/you/we/they root out he/she/it roots out present participle rooting out past tense rooted out past participle rooted out to find something bad or illegal and get rid of it The… …

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  • 6 root out — 1) the hedge was rooted out Syn: uproot, deracinate, pull up, grub out 2) root out corruption Syn: eradicate, eliminate, weed out, destroy, wipe out, stamp out, extirpate, abolish …

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  • 7 root out — verb a) To remove or abolish completely. They rooted out all vestiges of corruption. b) To search for and discover. It took then hours to root out exactly where the water was coming in …

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  • 8 root out — phr verb Root out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑corruption …

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  • 9 root out — Synonyms and related words: abate, abolish, abscind, abstract, amputate, annihilate, avulse, ban, bar, blot out, bob, buck off, cast off, cast out, chuck, clear, clear away, clear out, clear the decks, clip, crop, cull, cut, cut away, cut off,… …

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  • 10 root out — remove by the roots …

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  • 11 root out something — root out (something) to find and remove a problem. She promises to root out corruption in state government. Retreating forces can blend into the landscape, making it more difficult to root them out …

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  • 12 root — root1 [ro͞ot, root] n. [ME rote < Late OE < ON rot, akin to OE wyrt, Ger wurzel < IE base * wrād , twig, root > Gr rhiza, L radix, root, ramus, branch] 1. the part of a plant, usually below the ground, that lacks nodes, shoots, and… …

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  • 13 out|root — «owt ROOT, RUT», transitive verb. to root out; eradicate; exterminate …

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  • 14 root — Ⅰ. root [1] ► NOUN 1) a part of a plant normally below ground, which acts as a support and collects water and nourishment. 2) the embedded part of a bodily organ or structure such as a hair. 3) (also root vegetable) a turnip, carrot, or other… …

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  • 15 root — root1 W2S3 [ru:t] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(plant)¦ 2¦(cause of a problem)¦ 3¦(origin/main part)¦ 4¦(family connection)¦ 5 put down roots 6¦(tooth/hair etc)¦ 7 take root 8 have a (good) root round 9¦(language)¦ …

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  • 16 root — root1 rootlike, adj. /rooht, root/, n. 1. a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically, from the radicle and grows downward into the soil, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture. 2. a similar organ developed from some… …

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  • 17 root — 1 /ru:t/ noun (C) 1 PLANT the part of a plant or tree that grows under the ground and gets water from the soil: Be careful not to damage the roots when repotting. | tree roots 2 CAUSE OF A PROBLEM the main cause of a problem: Money is the root of …

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  • 18 root — I. /rut / (say rooht) noun 1. a part of the body of a plant which, typically, develops from the radicle, and grows downwards into the soil, fixing the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture. 2. a similar organ developed from some other part… …

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  • 19 root — I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English rōt, from Old Norse; akin to Old English wyrt root, Latin radix, Greek rhiza Date: 12th century 1. a. the usually underground part of a seed plant body that originates… …

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  • 20 root — root1 [ rut ] noun *** ▸ 1 part of plant ▸ 2 part of hair/tooth/nail ▸ 3 origins/background ▸ 4 main cause/idea ▸ 5 in mathematics ▸ 6 basic form of word ▸ 7 base of chord in music ▸ 8 end of nerve ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count the part of a plant that… …

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