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noun root pronunciation in American English /rut/ 
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pluralroots
  1. 3

    roots

    [plural] the place, culture, or family that someone comes from originally

    Computerizing these old records will help people trace their roots.

    go back to your roots:

    With this latest book the author goes back to his Scottish roots.

    1. a.
      the origins or background of something

      What are the historical roots of the region's problems?

      have its roots in something:

      The Association has its roots in the early 1950s.

  2. 4
    [countable] a basic cause or idea

    an unusual movie with an ingenious idea at its root

    root of:

    We need to get to the root of the problem.

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

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