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English definition of “root”

root

noun [C] (CAUSE/ORIGIN)    /ruːt/
C1 the cause or origin of something bad : We must get to the root of (= discover the cause of) this problem . What is/ lies at the root of the problem is their lack of interest . The high crime rate has its roots in unemployment and poverty . So what's the root cause of his anxiety ?Origins and sources roots B2 [plural] origins : The city of Tours can trace its roots back to Roman times . → See also grassroots adjectiveOrigins and sources
(Definition of root noun (CAUSE/ORIGIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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