Synonyms for roots


1. roots, condition
usage: the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage; "his roots in Texas go back a long way"; "he went back to Sweden to search for his roots"; "his music has African roots"


1. roots, condition
usage: (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
2. root, plant organ
usage: the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
3. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source, point
usage: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
4. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical, form, word form, signifier, descriptor
usage: a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number
5. root, number
usage: the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
6. solution, root, set
usage: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
7. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root, relative, relation
usage: a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
8. etymon, root, form, word form, signifier, descriptor
usage: the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support


1. root, grow
usage: take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"
2. root, become
usage: come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"
3. root, plant, set
usage: plant by the roots
4. rout, root, rootle, dig, delve, cut into, turn over
usage: dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
5. settle, root, take root, steady down, settle down, stabilize, stabilise
usage: become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
6. root, grow
usage: cause to take roots
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