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Noun
A person's social background or ancestry
“Chris has roots in the Kilmead area as some of his relatives resided at Moatfield at one time.”
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A place or process in which something originates or flourishes
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A place or location where a person has spent a significant part of their childhood growing up
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A foundation or starting point for further work
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Plural for 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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Plural for the basic cause, source, or origin of something
“To Kaitlin, he looked like the root of all her nightmares.”
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Plural for the principal aspect or dimension of something
“That old adage is actually the root of our discussion and begs another question.”
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(roots) Plural for one's family, ethnic, or cultural origins
“I know for a fact that my family once had its roots in the moors of England.”
Verb
To place, lay or set firmly in surrounding matter
“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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