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Definition of root out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

root out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    root out somebody

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    root out something

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    root somebody out

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    root something out

     
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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 somebody/something after searching for a long time
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