The definition of a root is the part of the plant that is generally underground or the origin of something.(noun)
Root is defined as to establish or become settled.(verb)
An example of root is to firmly teach your child how to be polite.
Root means to completely remove.(verb)
An example of root is to find the source of a drug problem in a school and get rid of it.
See root in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME rote < Late OE < ON rot, akin to OE wyrt, Ger wurzel < IE base *wrād-, twig, root > Gr rhiza, L radix, root, ramus, branch
Origin: formerly also wrote, rout < ME wroten < OE wrotan, to root up < wrot, snout < IE base *wer-, to tear up > L rostrum, beak
See root in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English rot
Origin: , from Old English rōt
Origin: , from Old Norse; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
verb root·ed, root·ing, roots verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English wroten
Origin: , from Old English wrōtan.
intransitive verb root·ed, root·ing, roots
Origin: Possibly alteration of rout3.
, John Wellborn 1850-1891.
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