Synonyms of root in English:

root


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See Spanish definition of raíz

noun

1‘the fungus attacks a plant's roots’

SYNONYMS
radicle, rhizome, rootstock, tuber, tap root, rootlet
rare radicel

2‘the root of the problem’

SYNONYMS
source, origin, starting point, seed, germ, beginnings, genesis
cause, reason
base, basis, foundation, bottom, seat, fundamental
core, nucleus, heart, kernel, nub, essence
fons et origo
literary fountainhead, wellspring, fount
rare radix

3roots‘he has rejected his roots’

SYNONYMS
origins, beginnings, family, ancestors, predecessors
heritage
birthplace, native land, motherland, fatherland, homeland, native country, native soil

verb

1‘give the shoot a gentle tug to see if it has rooted’

SYNONYMS
take root, grow roots, become established, establish, strike, take

2‘June is a good month to begin rooting cuttings’

SYNONYMS
plant, bed out, sow

3‘he rooted around in the cupboard and brought out a packet of biscuits’

SYNONYMS
rummage, hunt, search, rifle, delve, forage, dig, nose, poke
British informal rootle

Phrases

    take root

    1‘leave the plants to take root over the next couple of weeks’


    SYNONYMS
    begin to germinate, begin to sprout, establish, strike, take

    2‘environmentalism had taken root as a political movement in Europe’


    SYNONYMS
    become established, establish itself, become fixed, take hold
    develop, thrive, flourish
    root something out

    1‘the hedge was rooted out’


    SYNONYMS
    uproot, tear something up by the roots, pull something up, grub something out
    rare deracinate
    ANTONYMS

    plant

    2‘his main purpose was to root out corruption in the judiciary’


    SYNONYMS
    eradicate, get rid of, eliminate, weed out, remove, destroy, put an end to, do away with, wipe out, stamp out, extirpate, abolish, extinguish
    ANTONYMS

    establish

    3‘are you hoping to root out some dark secret from Joseph's past?’


    SYNONYMS
    unearth, dig up, dig out, turn up, bring to light, uncover, discover, dredge up, ferret out, hunt out, nose out, expose
    root for

    ‘the clamour of baseball fans rooting for their team’


    SYNONYMS
    cheer, applaud, cheer on, support, encourage, urge on, shout for
    root and branch

    1‘the whole ghastly superstructure should be brought down and got rid of, root and branch’


    SYNONYMS
    completely, entirely, wholly, totally, utterly, thoroughly
    radically

    2‘the party wanted a root-and-branch reform of the electoral system’


    SYNONYMS
    complete, total, entire, utter, thorough
    radical
    put down roots

    ‘they married and put down roots in Britain’


    SYNONYMS
    settle, become established, establish oneself, make one's home, set up home