Dictionary Results for roots


1. roots - noun

· the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage; "his roots in Texas go back a long way"; "he went back to Sweden to search for his roots"; "his music has African roots"

Hypernym(s): condition




2. root - 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

Hypernym(s): plant_organ




3. root - 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"

Synonym(s): beginning, origin, rootage, source

Hypernym(s): point




4. root - noun

· (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

Synonym(s): root_word, base, stem, theme, radical

Hypernym(s): form, word_form, signifier, descriptor




5. root - noun

· a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number

Hypernym(s): number




6. root - noun

· the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation

Synonym(s): solution

Hypernym(s): set




7. root - noun

· someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Synonym(s): ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent

Hypernym(s): relative, relation




8. root - noun

· a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes

Synonym(s): etymon

Hypernym(s): form, word_form, signifier, descriptor




9. root - noun

· the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair

Hypernym(s): structure, anatomical_structure, complex_body_part, bodily_structure, body_structure




10. root - verb

· take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"

Hypernym(s): grow




11. root - verb

· come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"

Hypernym(s): become




12. root - verb

· cheer for; "She roots for the Broncos"

Hypernym(s): support, back_up




13. root - verb

· plant by the roots

Hypernym(s): plant, set




14. root - verb

· dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"

Synonym(s): rout, rootle

Hypernym(s): dig, delve, cut_into, turn_over




15. root - verb

· become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"

Synonym(s): settle, take_root, steady_down, settle_down

Hypernym(s): stabilize, stabilise




16. root - verb

· cause to take roots

Hypernym(s): grow





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