take root

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take root

1 of a plant : to grow and develop roots : to become rooted … damage to the ecosystem makes it easier for nonnative plants … to take root and crowd out native vegetation.— Mary K. Miller
2 : to become fixed or established … providing the steadiness and resolve needed to ensure that civilizations can take root and flourish.— Greg Grandin A monstrous suspicion had begun to take root in his mind.— P. G. Wodehouse

First Known Use of take root

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Take root.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20root. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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