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noun British English pronunciation: root /ruːt/ 
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  1. 3

    roots

    [plural] 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.

    1. a.
      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.

  2. 4
    [countable] a basic cause or idea

    an unusual film with an ingenious idea at its root

    root of:

    We need to get to the root of the problem.

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