Definition of root

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • root is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 4
  • root is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 4
  • root is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 4

Definition of root


  • a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. etymon
  • someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. ancestor
    2. antecedent
    3. ascendant
    4. ascendent
  • become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. settle
    2. settle down
    3. steady down
    4. take root
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. base
    2. radical
    3. root word
    4. stem
    5. theme
  • the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. solution
  • the place where something begins, where it springs into being (noun)

    Examples

    1. communism's Russian root

    Synonyms

    1. beginning
    2. origin
    3. rootage
    4. source
  • dig with the snout (verb)

    Examples

    1. the pig was rooting for truffles

    Synonyms

    1. rootle
    2. rout
  • a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number (noun)
  • (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 (noun)
  • cause to take roots (verb)
  • cheer for (verb)

    Examples

    1. She roots for the Broncos
  • come into existence, originate (verb)

    Examples

    1. The problem roots in her depression
  • plant by the roots (verb)
  • take root and begin to grow (verb)

    Examples

    1. this plant roots quickly
  • the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair (noun)

See definition of root in Merriam Webster

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