Meaning of ROOT in English

n. 25B6; noun

a plant's roots : rootstock, tuber, rootlet; Botany rhizome, radicle.

the root of the problem : SOURCE, origin, germ, beginnings, genesis; cause, reason, basis, foundation, bottom, seat; core, heart, nub, essence; formal radix.

he rejected his roots : ORIGINS, beginnings, family, ancestors, predecessors, heritage; birthplace, homeland.

radical, rhizo-.

25B6; verb

has the shoot rooted? : TAKE ROOT, grow roots, establish, strike, take.

root the cuttings : PLANT, bed out, sow.

he rooted around in the cupboard : RUMMAGE, hunt, search, rifle, delve, forage, dig, nose, poke; Brit. informal rootle.

25A0; put down roots SETTLE, establish oneself, set up home.

25A0; root and branch

the firm should be eradicated, root and branch : COMPLETELY, entirely, wholly, totally, thoroughly.

a root-and-branch reform : COMPLETE, total, thorough, radical.

25A0; root for (informal) CHEER (ON), applaud, support, encourage.

25A0; root something out

the hedge was rooted out : UPROOT, deracinate, pull up, grub out.

root out corruption : ERADICATE, eliminate, weed out, destroy, wipe out, stamp out, extirpate, abolish, end, put a stop to.

he rooted out a dark secret : UNEARTH, dig up, bring to light, uncover, discover, dredge up, ferret out, expose.

25A0; take root

leave the plants to take root : GERMINATE, sprout, establish, strike, take.

Christianity took root in Persia : BECOME ESTABLISHED, take hold; develop, thrive, flourish.

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