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    root - Dictionary definition and meaning for word root

    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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 Definition
    (noun) the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
    Synonyms : solution
    Definition
    (noun) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) Definition
    (noun) a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
    Synonyms : etymon
    Definition
    (noun) the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
    Synonyms : tooth root
    Definition
    (verb) take root and begin to grow
    Example Sentence
    • this plant roots quickly
    Definition
    (verb) come into existence, originate
    Example Sentence
    • The problem roots in her depression
    Definition
    (verb) plant by the roots Definition
    (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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