"roots" in the noun sense
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
"his roots in Texas go back a long way"
"he went back to Sweden to search for his roots"
"his music has African roots"
2. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
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"
3. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical
linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
"thematic vowels are part of the stem"
a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number
5. solution, root
the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
6. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
7. etymon, root
a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair
"roots" in the verb sense
take root and begin to grow
"this plant roots quickly"
come into existence, originate
"The problem roots in her depression"
"She roots for the Broncos"
plant by the roots
5. rout, root, rootle
dig with the snout
"the pig was rooting for truffles"
6. settle, root, take root, steady down, settle down
become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
"He finally settled down"
cause to take roots
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