Synonyms of root


1. root, plant organ

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. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source, point

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. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical, form, word form, signifier, descriptor

usage: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

4. root, number

usage: a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number

5. solution, root, set

usage: the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation

6. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root, relative, relation

usage: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

7. etymon, root, form, word form, signifier, descriptor

usage: a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes

8. root, tooth root, structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure

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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