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root - Dictionary definition and meaning for word root

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(noun) (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
Definition
(noun) the place where something begins, where it springs into being
Synonyms : beginning , origin , rootage , source
Example Sentence
  • 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

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(noun) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
Synonyms : base , radical , root word , stem , theme
Example Sentence
  • thematic vowels are part of the stem

Definition
(noun) a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number
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(noun) the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
Synonyms : solution

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(noun) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
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(noun) a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
Synonyms : etymon

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(noun) the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
Synonyms : tooth root

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(verb) take root and begin to grow
Example Sentence
  • this plant roots quickly

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(verb) come into existence, originate
Example Sentence
  • The problem roots in her depression

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(verb) plant by the roots
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(verb) dig with the snout
Synonyms : rootle , rout
Example Sentence
  • the pig was rooting for truffles

Definition
(verb) become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
Example Sentence
  • He finally settled down

Definition
(verb) cause to take roots

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