verb (used with object), de·rac·i·nat·ed, de·rac·i·nat·ing.
- to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
- to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
- to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
- to remove, as from a natural environment
1590s, “to pluck up by the roots,” from French déraciner, from Old French desraciner “uproot, dig out, pull up by the roots,” from des- (see dis-) + racine “root,” from Late Latin radicina, diminutive of Latin radix (see radish). Related: Deracinated.