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Descendants from a common ancestor
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The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived
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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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The fundamental principles on which something is based
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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
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“To Kaitlin, he looked like the root of all her nightmares.”
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Plural for 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) 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.”
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Plural for an answer to a problem or puzzle
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Plural for a beginning, or first stage
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Plural for a fleshy, thickened underground stem of a plant, usually containing stored starch, as for example a potato or arrowroot
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Plural for edible part of plant
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Plural for a user with complete access to the operating system and its configuration
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Plural for the male reproductive organ
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Plural for the doer of an action
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Plural for something that provides a means of understanding or achieving something
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Plural for stumpy end
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Plural for a projecting part on a tool or other instrument, especially one of a series that function or engage together, such as a cog on a gearwheel or a point on a saw
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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
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“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
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“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 amorous relations
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To search with one's hands and fingers
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To encourage or motivate someone or a group, typically with one's voice
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Scratch or grope around with one's fingers to find, collect, or hold on to something
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To cause to fail
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To make high
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To make stable
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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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Express oneself or deal with something clumsily or nervously
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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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