What does deracinate mean?

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  1. To pull up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
  2. To force (people) from their homeland to a new or foreign location.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To liberate or be liberated from a culture or its norms.
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Though he refuses to deracinate himself he does valorize pioneer mythology over racial realities in the West.
To deracinate Lowell was impossible, and it was for this very reason that he became so serviceable an international personage.
You cannot deracinate that wide-rooted dogma within your soul that more money means more joy.
No one by taking thought, can deracinate the mental habits of, say, twenty years.
Och, and the girls whose poor hearts you deracinate, Whirl and bewilder and flutter and fascinate!

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