take root

idiomatic phrase

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
: 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

Examples of take root in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dual identities Park and Kim are among a generation of millennials who grew up in North Korea in the 1990s as capitalism took root in the theoretically communist state. Michelle Lee, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 Climbing hydrangea can also be used as ground cover, taking root where the suckers make contact with the ground and filling in the area. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 18 Mar. 2024 In 2020, as the pandemic took root, the Federal Reserve began buying mortgage bonds and government debt in large quantities — or what is known as quantitative easing. Angelo Fichera, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 As the climate shifts, so do allegiances, while young love takes root in this unpredictable environment. David Catlin, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2024 That hasn’t stopped this argument from taking root. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Born in 1862, Klimt is known as a leading figure in the Vienna Secession movement, which took root around the turn of the century and marked a rejection of establishment ideas about art’s purpose. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Jan. 2024 Located forty miles east of downtown Columbia is a golf club named after the pretty weed taking root in the Carolina Sandhills town of Rembert. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 More broadly, the notion of AI as not only helpful but essential to the future practice of medicine is beginning to take root. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of take root was in the 14th century

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“Take root.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20root. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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