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English definition of “root for sb”

root for sb

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with root   /ruːt/ us  
to show support for someone who is in a competition or who is doing something difficult: Most of the crowd were rooting for the home team. Good luck! We're all rooting for you.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiringBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
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