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Definition of root / out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

root / out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    root something/somebodyout

     
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  1. 1to find the person or thing that is causing a problem and remove or get rid of them We need to root out corruption at all levels. The principal promised to root out the troublemakers.
  2. 2to find someone or something after searching for a long time
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: root / out