plural of 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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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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present tense third-person singular of root

Synonyms & Antonyms of roots (Entry 2 of 2)

to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter
  • rooted the post securely in the dirt

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“Roots.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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