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Root Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  • a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
  • the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
  • 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"
  • someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  • (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
  • a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
  • take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"
  • cause to take roots
  • become settled or established and stable in one''s residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
  • take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I''m pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
  • dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
  • plant by the roots
  • come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • (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 ,
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" ,
  • 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" ,
  • a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number ,
  • the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation ,
  • someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) ,
  • a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes ,
  • the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support

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Root Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The roots of a plant is the part that is usually buried in the soil. Roots are not always under the soil, though–sometimes roots can be above the ground. This is called an aerial root.

Also, stems can sometimes be under the soil (potatoes, for example). Roots do not have leaves, and are different from stems inside.

Plants need their roots especially for three reasons: The roots take water and nutrients, a sort of food, from the soil. They also often store this food. And they fix the plants to the ground.

However, most plant roots do not work at their best unless they have help from fungi. The symbiosis between roots and fungus is known as mycorrhiza.



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'Root' example sentence in quotations


* Lack of money is the root of all evil. - George Bernard Shaw

* All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. - Johann von Goethe

* Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. - Kierkegaard


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Root Sample Sentences in News


  • Root cellars still a cool spot to store produce
    The once common root cellar, considered by some to be a creepy cousin to the basement, fell from popularity after the refrigerator proved to be a productive place to store produce. Read more on this news related to 'Root'
  • Bulldogs need to root for Auburn, State down stretch
    A lot of Georgia football fans groused when they saw that the Bulldogs were ranked 11th in the first College Football Playoffs poll, released earlier this week. Read more on this news related to 'Root'
  • Florida State is tough to root for, but Seminoles won't be stopped
    The lesson in thinking Louisville could upset Florida State on Thursday night should be clear now: What you say, do or hope, simply does not matter. Read more on this news related to 'Root'

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