Synonyms of root in English:

root


See definition of root

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

3‘he has rejected his roots’

SYNONYMS

origins, beginnings, family, ancestors, predecessors

heritage

birthplace, native land, motherland, fatherland, homeland, native country, native soil

"roots"

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

    put down roots

      ‘they married and put down roots in Britain’

      SYNONYMS

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

    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

    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 for

      ‘the clamour of baseball fans rooting for their team’

      SYNONYMS

      cheer, applaud, cheer on, support, encourage, urge on, shout for

    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