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root1

Pronunciation: /ruːt/

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 [Botany/Botánica] raíz (feminine) to pull a plant up by the o its roots arrancar* una planta de raíz to take root [plant] echar raíces, arraigar* [idea] arraigarse* to put down o strike roots [person] echar raíces, afincarse* to destroy sth root and branch acabar con algo de raíz or por completo a root-and-branch purge of the party una purga radical del partido root system raíces (feminine plural)
    Example sentences
    • But trees help control runoff by soaking water in through their roots and providing sturdy support against erosion.
    • When planted, the underground portion forms roots and the above ground portion forms branches and leaves.
    • Wood is composed of bundles of microscopic tubes that were used to transport water from the roots of the tree to the leaves.
    Example sentences
    • A few sweet roots, parsnips, carrots and a stalk of celery will add flavour to the pan juices.
    • From the mid-16th century suckets were made in Britain from local fruits, vegetables, and roots of many kinds.
    • In this street market, celeriac, parsley root, arugula and frisée were available.
    1.2 (of hair, tooth) raíz (feminine) (before noun/delante del nombre) root canal treatment endodoncia (feminine)
  • 2 2.1 (origin) raíz (feminine) to get to the root of a problem llegar* a la raíz de un problema drink is (at) the root of all his troubles la bebida es la causa de todos sus problemas (before noun/delante del nombre) root cause causa (feminine) fundamental 2.2
    (roots plural)
    (family, background) raíces (feminine plural) she has no roots no tiene raíces
    Example sentences
    • It's about my background and about roots, family, music and manhood.
    • Joey had curly brown hair and was as dark as an African American, but his family roots originate from Spain.
    • They and their families have their historical roots in the original villages.
    Example sentences
    • Perspectives are the root, the basic fiber, and the foundation of every social plague impoverishing us.
    • If I had not experienced some degree of disappointment and been determined to find the root cause, I may not have gained important knowledge about myself.
    • ‘Failure to address added services at the point of origin is the root of payment failure,’ he says.
  • 3 [Linguistics/Lingüística] raíz (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Words combine with words, or prefixes and suffixes combine with roots, in ways that over time drift away from perfect sense.
    • It's pretty clear, based on Green's paper-doll explanation, that the root morpheme must have been puppet.
    • Significantly, the root of bahelawi is bahel, meaning culture.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

Phrasal verbs

root out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
(remove) [corruption] arrancar* de raíz, erradicar* 1.1 (find) [cause/reason/truth] averiguar* I'll see if I can root out some books for him to read voy a ver si encuentro algún libro para que lea

root up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[plant] arrancar* de raíz

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root2

Pronunciation: /ruːt/

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (search, forage) [pig] hozar* I don't want him rooting through my desk no quiero que ande hurgando en mi escritorio she was rooting around in the attic for her racket estaba hurgando entre las cosas del desván buscando su raqueta

Phrasal verbs

root for

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
(support) [team] animar, alentar, cinchar por (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar], hacerle* barra a (Andes) ; [candidate/party] hacer* campaña por good luck with the test: I'll be rooting for you! que te vaya bien en el examen: estaré pensando en ti y deseándote suerte

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