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'root' - used as a noun
1. (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
2. slang for sexual intercourse
3. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
4. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
communism's Russian root
5. a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
6. the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
7. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
8. a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
9. the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support

'root' - used as a verb
10. take root and begin to grow
this plant roots quickly
11. have sexual intercourse with
12. come into existence, originate
The problem roots in her depression
13. plant by the roots
14. dig with the snout
the pig was rooting for truffles
15. take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
We all rooted for the home team
16. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
17. cause to take roots

derived forms
1. Root / Plural
2. Root / Past
3. Root / Third Person
4. Root / Present Participle
Variations of 'root'
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Fact of the day
The word "umbrella" is derived from the Latin root word "umbra", which means shade or shadow.