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  Definition of Root
  1. the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
  2. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  3. a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
  4. the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
  5. 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"
  6. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  7. (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
  8. a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
  9. take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"
  10. cause to take roots
  11. become settled or established and stable in one''s residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
  12. 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?"
  13. dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
  14. plant by the roots
  15. come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"
Similar Words: tooth root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical, etymon, solution, beginning, origin, rootage, source, ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, settle, take root, steady down, settle down, side, pull, rout, rootle


Hyponyms: derivation, spring, fountainhead, headspring, head, headwaters, wellhead, wellspring, jumping-off place, point of departure, birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, home, point source, trail head, trailhead, ancestress, forebear, forbear, forefather, father, sire, foremother, progenitor, primogenitor, calamus, taro, cocoyam, dasheen, eddo, ginseng, horseradish, horseradish root, radish, chicory, chicory root, salsify, oyster plant, Hottentot bread, Hottentot's bread, briarroot, orrisroot, orris, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, senega, mandrake root, mandrake, cassava, manioc, carrot, parsnip, pneumatophore, taproot, adventitious root, rootlet, prop root, square root, cube root, roost


Part Meronyms: tooth, rootage, root system


Derivational Morphology: stem, originate, rooting, side, beginning, origin, rootage, source


Anagrams: trot, tort, Trot, Oort, torr


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: wortel   Albanian: rrënjë  
Bosnian: korijen   Bulgarian: корен  
Catalan: arrel   Chinese: cmn  
Croatian: korijen   Danish: rod  
Dutch: wortel   Finnish: juuri and lähde  
French: racine   Galician: raíz  
German: Quelle and Wurzel   Greek: ρίζα  
Hebrew: מקור and שורש   Hungarian: gyök and gyökér and ok  
Icelandic: rót   Indonesian: akar  
Italian: radice   Japanese: 起源 and and 歯根  
Korean: 근원 and 뿌리   Kurdish: reh  
Latin: radix   Latvian: sakne  
Norwegian: rot   Polish: korzeń and pierwiastek and źródło  
Portuguese: raiz   Russian: корень  
Slovak: koreň   Slovenian: koren and korenina  
Spanish: raíz   Swahili: mzizi  
Swedish: källa and rot   Tagalog: urat  
Telugu: మూలము and వేరు   Turkish: kök  
Ukrainian: корінь  
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