root for

phrasal verb

rooted for; rooting for; roots for
: to express or show support for (a person, a team, etc.) : to hope for the success of (someone or something)
They always root for the home team.
Good luck on your upcoming show. Remember that we're all rooting for you.

Examples of root for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joanna Gaines Is Visiting South Korea After Opening Up About Her Difficult Path to Embracing Her Heritage In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in November 2022, Joanna revealed that being teased as a child led her to hide her roots for years. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Under the circumstances, who could suppress the urge to root for disease and disaster? Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The 2024 Super Bowl featured many celebrity spectators, from Taylor Swift rooting for her Kansas City Chiefs tight end boyfriend Travis Kelce, to Paul Rudd, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and Jay-Z with the power couple seated near the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter (now known as X) Jack Dorsey. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 Rob Carr/Getty Images The actor is no stranger to rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 The Kansas City Chiefs fans will fill the Super Bowl on Sunday with the most racist, senseless cheer in sports, rooting for their team by portraying Native Americans as bloodthirsty savages. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Then, like so many Nevadans rooting for the home team — Las Vegas, that is — even Dee Dee can’t help sounding a little like a member of the chamber of commerce. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 The most rewarding part, Eastwood says, is the fans and the community that comes with rooting for KC. Alison Booth, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 The reprieve from the bloodshed — while still in the early stages — has many rooting for the young president. Annie Correal Federico Rios, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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“Root for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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