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Meaning & Definition of Root in English

English

Root

/rut/

noun

1. (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes

  • Absorbs water and mineral salts
  • Usually it anchors the plant to the ground
    synonym:
  • root

2. The place where something begins, where it springs into being

  • "The italian beginning of the renaissance"
  • "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"
  • "Pittsburgh is the source of the ohio river"
  • "Communism's russian root"
    synonym:
  • beginning
  • ,
  • origin
  • ,
  • root
  • ,
  • rootage
  • ,
  • source

3. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

  • "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    synonym:
  • root
  • ,
  • root word
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • stem
  • ,
  • theme
  • ,
  • radical

4. A number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number

    synonym:
  • root

5. The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation

    synonym:
  • solution
  • ,
  • root

6. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    synonym:
  • ancestor
  • ,
  • ascendant
  • ,
  • ascendent
  • ,
  • antecedent
  • ,
  • root

7. A simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes

    synonym:
  • etymon
  • ,
  • root

8. The part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support

    synonym:
  • root
  • ,
  • tooth root

verb

1. Take root and begin to grow

  • "This plant roots quickly"
    synonym:
  • root

2. Come into existence, originate

  • "The problem roots in her depression"
    synonym:
  • root

3. Plant by the roots

    synonym:
  • root

4. Dig with the snout

  • "The pig was rooting for truffles"
    synonym:
  • rout
  • ,
  • root
  • ,
  • rootle

5. Become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style

  • "He finally settled down"
    synonym:
  • settle
  • ,
  • root
  • ,
  • take root
  • ,
  • steady down
  • ,
  • settle down

6. Cause to take roots

    synonym:
  • root

Examples of using

It's difficult to root out certain prejudices.
Let's get at the root of the matter.
The root cause of any divorce is marriage.