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verb root pronunciation in British English /ruːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerooting
past tenserooted
past participlerooted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to search for something by putting your hand deep into a place and pushing things around
    root around/about:

    He rooted around in his coat pocket for some change.

    root among/through:

    She was desperately rooting through the papers on her desk.

    1. a.
      if an animal roots, it searches for food by pushing with its nose
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to grow roots, or to make a plant grow roots
  3. 3
    [transitive] to unlock the operating system of a mobile phone or other device that uses Android OS so that it can run software it is not normally authorized to use because of restrictions imposed by the manufacturer

    Simply follow these steps to root your Samsung Galaxy S4 and then use the appropriate apps to finish off the job.

    See also jailbreak2


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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