Sense: 1-2, 4-5
|Origin:||Old English wrotan. root for Perhaps from rout (of cattle) 'to make a loud sound' (14-19 centuries), from Old Norse rauta|
to grow roots:
New shrubs will root easily in summer.
b) [transitive usually passive]
if a plant is rooted somewhere, it is held in the ground firmly by its roots:
a bush firmly rooted in the hard ground
Clumps of thyme had rooted themselves between the rocks.
to have developed from something and be strongly influenced by it:
The country's economic troubles are rooted in a string of global crises.
This feeling of rejection is often deeply rooted in childhood.
to search for something by moving things around [= rummage]
search[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
root through/in/amongst something (for something)
Leila rooted through her handbag for a pen.
if a pig roots somewhere, it looks for food under the ground
pigs[intransitive usually + adverb/preposition]
pigs rooting for truffles
so shocked, surprised, or frightened that you cannot move:
She stood rooted to the spot, staring at him.
root for somebodyphrasal verb
to want someone to succeed in a competition, test, or difficult situation:
You can do it - I'm rooting for you.
2 especially American English
to support a sports team or player by shouting and cheering:
the Los Angeles fans rooting for the Lakers
root something ↔ outphrasal verb
to find out where a particular kind of problem exists and get rid of it:
Action is being taken to root out corruption in the police force.
to find something by searching for it:
I'll try and root out something for you to wear.
root something ↔ upphrasal verb
to dig or pull a plant up with its roots