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Noun
The part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support
“If the primary root remains the largest root of the plant and continues its growth to become the main root, it is known as a tap root.”
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The basic cause, source, or origin of something
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“To Kaitlin, he looked like the root of all her nightmares.”
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The principal aspect or dimension of something
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“That old adage is actually the root of our discussion and begs another question.”
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(roots) One's family, ethnic, or cultural origins
“I know for a fact that my family once had its roots in the moors of England.”
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An answer to a problem or puzzle
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A beginning, or first stage
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A fleshy, thickened underground stem of a plant, usually containing stored starch, as for example a potato or arrowroot
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Edible part of plant
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A user with complete access to the operating system and its configuration
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Something that is part of a whole
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The doer of an action
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Something that provides a means of understanding or achieving something
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Stumpy end
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A projecting part on a tool or instrument, especially one of a series
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The point at which numbering or measurement originates, such as on a scale
Verb
To place, lay or set firmly in surrounding matter
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“The resulting soil is loose and fast-draining, which encourages plants to root deeply, well away from the desiccating heat at the surface.”
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(root for) To declare enthusiastic approval or support of
“Our active protagonist needs to be relatable, or if the show is about an ensemble, there needs to be somebody we're going to root for.”
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To rummage or search through
“He fell silent and simply watched her root through the closet.”
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To plant or sow something
“The best way to propagate your favorites is to root stem cuttings taken from your own plants in spring.”
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(root out) To remove, especially by digging out
“When the servants want to root out the weeds, the farmer forbids this, explaining that at the harvest he will separate the good plants from the weeds.”
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To engage in carnal activity
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To grope or feel about for something with one's hands
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To cause to fail
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To encourage or motivate someone or a group, typically with one's voice
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To make high
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To cause to become tired, weary or fatigued
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To delve into or hollow out a surface or ground
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To place or put between or among others
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To discover (something hidden, lost, or kept secret) by investigation or searching
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Hold one's attention
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To encourage someone to continue or succeed
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Essential, as an element, principle, or law
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