[ roo-tid, roo t-id ]SEE DEFINITION OF rooted
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But his good qualities, if few, were of the strongest fiber, rooted in the deeps of him.

Weren't they, after all, to be envied, rooted as they were in their solid simplicity?

She understood only too well how deeply this rebellion was rooted.

Our poor Caleb had for years rooted his thoughts to his village.

But, ah, it is not in the song of the bards to sooth the rooted sorrow of Evelina.

But the claim of woman for freedom is rooted deep in the past.

How you have shaken all my most rooted opinions of the residence of virtue among mankind!

It is rooted in the need of understanding and being understood.

Roma, who had forgotten all about the Baron, was rooted to the spot on which she stood.

These men mean that Puritanism shall be rooted out of England.


"underground part of a plant," late Old English rot, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rot "root," figuratively "cause, origin," from Proto-Germanic *wrot (cf. Old English wyrt "root, herb, plant," Old High German wurz, German Wurz "a plant," Gothic waurts "a root," with characteristic Scandinavian loss of -w- before -r-), from PIE *wrad- (see radish (n.), and cf. wort). The usual Old English words for "root" were wyrttruma and wyrtwala.

Figurative use is from c.1200. Of teeth, hair, etc., from early 13c. Mathematical sense is from 1550s. Philological sense from 1520s. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1846. In U.S. black use, "a spell effected by magical properties of roots," 1935. To take root is from 1530s. Root beer, made from the extracts of various roots, first recorded 1841, American English; root doctor is from 1821. Root cap is from 1875.


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