1 base, basis, foundation, source, seat, cause, fountain-head, origin, fount, well-spring:
Love of money is the root of all evil.
2 rootstock, rootstalk, tap root, rootlet; tuber; Technical radix, radicle, radicel, rhizome, rhizomorph:
When transplanting seedlings, special care should be taken not to damage the roots
3 root and branch. radically, completely, utterly, entirely, wholly, totally:
The Romans sought to destroy Carthage root and branch.
4 roots. origins, heritage, family, lineage, house, antecedents, forefathers, foremothers, descent, genealogy, family tree, forebears, ancestors, predecessors, stock, pedigree; birthplace, motherland, fatherland, native land or country or soil, cradle:
Carlotta spent years tracing her roots to ancient Rome. The roots of civilization first appeared in Mesopotamia
5 take root. become set or established or settled, germinate, sprout, grow, develop, thrive, burgeon, flourish, spread:
Good work habits should take root at an early age; then they will last a lifetime.
6 plant, set, establish, found, fix, settle, embed or imbed; entrench, anchor:
The cuttings failed to grow because they were not properly rooted. Hilary's fear of heights is rooted in a childhood fall from a tree
7 root out.
(a) Sometimes, root up. uproot, eradicate, eliminate, destroy, extirpate, exterminate:
Any subversives in the organization must be rooted out.
(b) find, uncover, discover, dig up or out, unearth, turn up, bring to light:
The survey of accounts is aimed at rooting out customers who are slow in paying.
rootle, forage, dig, pry, nose, poke, ferret, burrow, rummage, delve, search, ransack:
Harvey has been rooting about in the garage looking for his tennis racket.
Usually, root for. cheer (for), applaud (for); boost, support, encourage, urge on:
I'm rooting for our side to win.
1 of a plant
deep, shallow | gnarled
ROOT + VERB
develop, grow | put down, take
I hope those cuttings will take root.
ROOT + NOUN
system | crops, vegetables
by its/the ~s
She pulled the shrub out by its roots.
2 roots: place where you feel you belong
Despite his wealth, he never forgot his humble roots.
severed from our cultural roots by industrialization
| middle-class, peasant, working-class | French, Scottish, etc.
VERB + ROOT
get/go back to, return to
My husband wants to go back to his Irish roots.
They can trace their roots back to the sixteenth century.
| put down
We haven't been here long enough to put down roots.
| cut yourself off from
deep | very | common
The two languages share a common root.
VERB + ROOT
have | get at/to, go to
I've spent months trying to get to the root of the problem.
| lie at
ROOT + NOUN
at (the ~ of)
It is a moral question at root. His fears of loneliness lay at the very root of his inability to leave.
| ~ in
The unrest has roots in religious differences.
the root of all evil
They consider globalization to be the root of all evil.
| the root of the matter/problem
I expect money is at the root of the matter.
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