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Definition of root verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    root

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//rut//
     
    , NAmE//rʊt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they root
     
    he / she / it roots
     
    past simple rooted
     
    -ing form rooting
     
     
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    of plants
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] root (something) to grow roots; to make 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. Phrasal Verbsroot for somebodyroot something/somebodyoutroot somebody to somethingroot somethingup
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