Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

root - thesaurus entry

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

noun
  1. 1
    the part of a plant that grows under the ground, through which the plant gets water and food

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of root

  2. 2
    the part of a hair, tooth, or nail that is under your skin

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of root

  3. 4
    a basic cause or idea

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of root

  4. 7
    the note that forms the base of a chord in music

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of root

phrases

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog