root Definition

  • 1the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibers
  • 2the basic cause, source, or origin of something
  • 3a person's or family's origins, heritage, or background

Using root: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "root" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The roots of this tree go deep into the ground.

  • Example

    The root of the problem is poor communication.

  • Example

    She traced her roots back to Ireland.

root Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for root

Phrases with root

  • completely, entirely, or thoroughly


    The new management team restructured the company root and branch.

  • become established or settled


    The idea took root in his mind and he couldn't stop thinking about it.

  • cheer for or support someone


    I'm rooting for you to win the race!

Origins of root

from Old English 'wyrt', meaning 'plant, herb, root'


Summary: root in Brief

The term 'root' [ruːt] refers to the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground and provides nourishment, as well as the basic cause, source, or origin of something. It can also refer to a person's or family's origins or heritage. Phrases like 'root and branch' imply thoroughness, while 'take root' means to become established, and 'root for someone' means to cheer them on.

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