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Definition of root verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    root

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ruːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they root
    BrE BrE//ruːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːt//
     
    he / she / it roots
    BrE BrE//ruːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːts//
     
    past simple rooted
    BrE BrE//ˈruːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːtɪd//
     
    past participle rooted
    BrE BrE//ˈruːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːtɪd//
     
    -ing form rooting
    BrE BrE//ˈruːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːtɪŋ//
     
     
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    of plants
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] root (something) to grow roots; to cause or encourage a plant to grow roots
  2. search
  3. 2[intransitive] to search for something by moving things or turning things over synonym rummage root (about/around) for something pigs rooting for food Who's been rooting around in my desk? root (through something) (for something) ‘It must be here somewhere,’ she said, rooting through the suitcase. Cats had been rooting in the garbage bags again.
  4. sex
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] root (somebody) (Australian English, New Zealand English, taboo, slang) to have sex with somebody
  6. Word Originverb Old English wrōtan, of Germanic origin; related to Old English wrōt ‘snout’, German Rüssel ‘snout’, and perhaps ultimately to Latin rodere ‘gnaw’.Extra examples Cats had been rooting through the garbage bags again. There were a few pigs rooting for food. Who’s been rooting around in my desk? Phrasal Verbsroot for somebodyroot out somebodyroot somebody to somethingroot somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: root