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Deracinate

[dē-rasə-nāt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: French, 16th century

1.

To uproot

2.

To take something out of its native environment

Examples of Deracinate in a sentence

"My family deracinated from our home country to search for a better life elsewhere."

"After I deracinated all the weeds, my garden looks better than ever."

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About Deracinate

You'd have a hard time deracinating the roots of a quaking aspen tree. In a single forest, the roots of nearly all aspens are connected — making them one of the world's largest living organisms.

Did you Know?

Deracinate has delightfully literal roots (pun intended). It comes from déraciner, a French word, which can be further broken down into racine — which translates to the literal roots of a tree.

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