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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrootroot1 /ruːt/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 plantHBP the part of a plant or tree that grows under the ground and gets water from the soil πŸ”Š tree roots πŸ”Š These plants produce a number of thin roots. β†’ root crop, root vegetable2 cause of a problemCAUSE the main cause of a problembe/lie at the root of something (=be the cause of something) πŸ”Š Allergies are at the root of a lot of health problems. πŸ”Š The love of money is the root of all evil. πŸ”Š A competent mechanic should be able to get to the root of the problem (=find out the cause of a problem). πŸ”Š the root causes of crime3 origin/main partCOME FROM/ORIGINATE the origin or main part of something such as a custom, law, activity etc, from which other things have developedroot in πŸ”Š a legal system with roots in English common law πŸ”Š Jazz has its roots in the folk songs of the southern states of the US.be/lie at the root of something πŸ”Š the liberal economic policies which lie at the root of American power4 β†’ somebody’s roots5 β†’ put down roots6 tooth/hair etcHBH the part of a tooth, hair etc that connects it to the rest of your body πŸ”Š She’d pulled some of Kelly’s hair out by the roots.7 β†’ take root8 β†’ have a (good) root round9 language technicalSLG the basic part of a word which shows its main meaning, to which other parts can be added. For example, the word β€˜coldness’ is formed from the root β€˜cold’ and the suffix β€˜ness’. β†’ stem10 mathematics technicalHMN a number that, when multiplied by itself a certain number of times, equals the number that you have πŸ”Š 2 is the fourth root of 16.11 β†’ root and branch β†’ cube root, square root, grass roots
Examples from the Corpus
rootβ€’ They usually have well developed roots and fragile stems with which to resist the pressure of the current.β€’ But its roots go back decades.β€’ I doubt whether you can have deep London roots, or Birmingham, or even Stoke-on-Trent roots.β€’ The long roots of Water Lettuce provide shelter for fish and fry.β€’ The dozen rich families have intermarried so many times that family trees are tangles of roots.β€’ The word bond comes from the same root as bind, for the corporation binds it-self to make the specified payments.β€’ The love of money is said to be the root of all evil.β€’ Cover the roots with plenty of soil.β€’ Low taxation of the rich is the root of the economic problems in this country.β€’ Truffles are parasites that grow on the roots of trees.β€’ We need to get to the root of the problem.β€’ The roots of the wars in the Balkans go back hundreds of years.root causesβ€’ But Didion is interested in root causes, not in immediate provocations.β€’ Like retrenching, the technique of restricting behavior betrays a peculiar logic about performance and its root causes.β€’ The main inhibitors to progress, and the root causes of fear, can include: Unrealistic personal goals and expectations.β€’ What are the root causes? 4.β€’ The charity used the occasion to call for fresh action to tackle the root causes of world poverty.β€’ Health promotion - keeping people healthy, and treating the root causes of ill health.β€’ Some have their root causes in subjective factors, others in objective factors and others still are a mixture.β€’ While standard educational practices are not in themselves root causes of work inhibition, these practices usually exacerbate the problem.be/lie at the root of somethingβ€’ As we shall find, this distinction lies at the root of Anselm's movements in his last years as archbishop.β€’ It is our illusion of separateness which lies at the root of our fears.β€’ Several other causes, according to their findings, often lie at the root of violence against tenants.β€’ We found that two key resource uses and two basic technologies lay at the root of lunar industry.β€’ That view lies at the root of a government drive against the racist right.β€’ Consent, which lies at the root of self-determination, should be the conceptual mechanism whereby the right is guaranteed and safeguarded.β€’ They overlook the human ability to negate, which lies at the root of thinking.β€’ Biblical writings, which lie at the root of Western culture, make numerous mention of portents in the heavens.