Definition of take root in English:

take root


  • 1(of a plant) begin to grow and draw nourishment from the soil through its roots.

    • ‘Samphire extract is derived from the Samphire plant that takes root and thrives in rocky coastal areas.’
    • ‘A shallow, bleached pit in the center marks the spot where a cluster of trees once took root.’
    • ‘The scattered seeds take root and grow to their full potential.’
    • ‘Still, there are signs that the field is beginning to take root.’
    • ‘Over time, the ivy will take root in the moss, and will continue to grow, so you'll need to continue pinning the ivy to the moss as it grows, and maybe cut it back if it starts to take over.’
    • ‘The living roof itself is a compost based system, usually a base of straw left to decompose within which native or introduced plants can then take root.’
    • ‘With wear, the soles release seeds, some of which take root and clean the environment through phytoremediation, a process by which certain natural plants can destroy hazardous contaminants in the ground.’
    • ‘Cotton was to have been the establishing crop of the Ord development, and it took root robustly.’
    • ‘Others spread aggressively by stolons (stems that creep along the soil surface, taking root and forming new plants at intervals).’
    • ‘It spread over the floor with a fecund exuberance that brought to mind cypress vines, plants that take root wherever they touch the ground.’
    begin to germinate, begin to sprout, establish, strike, take
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    1. 1.1 Become fixed or established.
      ‘the idea had taken root in my mind’
      • ‘Democracy took root by fits and starts thereafter, until 1990 when a new constitution restored constitutional monarchy and established a multi-party system of parliamentary government, which is now firmly in place.’
      • ‘Because he had little to say about social need and there was no legislative provision for subsidising loss-making services, the idea took root that the issue had simply been ignored.’
      • ‘Our tour guide was exceptional, explaining the economic and political changes that had swept over Honduras since democracy took root.’
      • ‘Hence, petrarchismo never took root in Milan; even when Arcadian poetics held sway in Bologna and Rome in the eighteenth century, dialect poetry was prominent in Milan.’
      • ‘Spatial sequences merging across the shifting levels prevent fixed identities from taking root anywhere.’
      • ‘I quickly stomped on that idea before it fully took root.’
      • ‘Of course, generations of American thinkers had fertilized the soil in which Coué's ideas took root.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the idea took root in their minds.’
      • ‘As these ideas took root, they were accompanied by a change in philosophy regarding the ruler and the subject.’
      • ‘Predictably, that opening rang the death knell for our store, which sat empty until a flea market took root behind the by-then broken and boarded windows, while the parking lot became a haven for drug deals.’
      become established, establish itself, become fixed, take hold
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