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root

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1 a point or place at which something is invented or provided

  • he insists that insecurity is the root of all jealousy
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2 the source from which something grows or develops

  • one would need to go back at least several hundred years to find the root of the entrenched hostility between the neighboring nations
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3 an immaterial thing upon which something else rests

  • an implicit trust in the wisdom of the people is the root of democracy
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4 the central part or aspect of something under consideration

  • at root, it's a question of the proper limits, if any, of free speech
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sum and substance, the long and short (or the long and the short)

Synonym Discussion of root

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being.
    • an investigation into the origin of baseball
source applies more often to the point where something springs into being.
    • the source of the Nile
    • the source of recurrent trouble
inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes.
    • the business has been a success since its inception
root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned.
    • the real root of the violence

root

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to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter

  • rooted the post securely in the dirt
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