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  1. [noun] (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. [noun] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    Synonyms: word, base, stem, theme, radical

  3. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: beginning, origin, age, source

  4. [noun] a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number

  5. [noun] the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
    Synonyms: solution

  6. [noun] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    Synonyms: ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent

  7. [noun] a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
    Synonyms: etymon

  8. [noun] the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
    Synonyms: tooth

  9. [verb] take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"

  10. [verb] come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"

  11. [verb] plant by the roots

  12. [verb] dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
    Synonyms: rout, le

  13. [verb] 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?"
    Synonyms: side, pull

  14. [verb] become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
    Synonyms: settle, take steady down, settle down

  15. [verb] cause to take roots


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