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British English: /ruːt/
American English: /rut/

Translation of root in French:


  • 1 (Botany) [figurative] to take root
    (idea, value, system, feeling)
    (company, industry)
    to pull something up by the roots
    déraciner quelque chose
    to pull somebody's hair out by the roots
    arracher les cheveux à quelqu'un
    to destroy/reject something root and branch
    détruire/rejeter complètement quelque chose
    root and branch review/opposition
    revue/opposition radicale
    before n (growth)
    des racines
  • 2 (origin) (of problem, matter)
    (of unhappiness, evil) origine (f)
    to get to the root of the problem
    prendre le problème à la racine
    to be at the root of something
    être à l'origine de quelque chose
    before n (cause)
    de base
  • 4 (Mathematics) the fourth root of something
    la quatrième racine de quelque chose

also: roots plural noun

  • 1 (of dyed hair)
    racines fpl
  • 2 [figurative]
    racines fpl
    to try to get back to one's roots
    essayer de retrouver ses racines
    she has no roots
    elle n'a aucune racine
    to pull up one's roots
    s'arracher à son milieu
    to put down new roots
    se créer de nouvelles racines

transitive verb

  • 1 [figurative]to be rooted in something
    (music, film, person)
    être ancré dans quelque chose
    deeply-rooted [literal] [figurative]
    bien enraciné
    to be/stand rooted to the spot ou the ground
    être/rester figé sur place
  • 2 (Botany)
    faire prendre racine (plant)

intransitive verb

  • 2 (search)
    (person, animal)
    fouiller (in, through dans)

Phrasal verbs

root around

root about
(person, animal)
fouiller (in dans)

root for

root for [somebody] (cheer)
encourager (team, contestant)
good luck in the exams—we're all rooting for you!
bonne chance pour tes examens—nous sommes tous avec toi!

root out

1 root out [something], root [something] out
traquer (corruption, inefficiency)
2 root [somebody] out, root out [somebody]
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