An Egyptian government committee tracked the sources of funding for NGOs seeking to root out western influence.
The Gipper always had reservations about Israel's attempt to root out the PLO by invading Lebanon in 1982.
Customs and Border Protection in recent years hired more than 200 internal affairs agents to root out corruption.
So I am especially anxious to root out wasteful spending in this area.
In response, Israel invaded southern Lebanon in an effort to root out the Palestinian Liberation Organization from its base.
He smooths the path by which he is to proceed, and endeavours to root out all its thorns.
It contained a clause, that the King should root out heretics.
It will be your duty, therefore, most reverend sir, entirely to root out of the hearts of our brethren that unkind suspicion.
It is not possible to root out their prejudices, or correct their ill habits.
This was to discover and root out corruption wherever it was found in any of the departments.
"underground part of a plant," late Old English rot, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rot "root," figuratively "cause, origin," from Proto-Germanic *wrot (cf. Old English wyrt "root, herb, plant," Old High German wurz, German Wurz "a plant," Gothic waurts "a root," with characteristic Scandinavian loss of -w- before -r-), from PIE *wrad- (see radish (n.), and cf. wort). The usual Old English words for "root" were wyrttruma and wyrtwala.
Figurative use is from c.1200. Of teeth, hair, etc., from early 13c. Mathematical sense is from 1550s. Philological sense from 1520s. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1846. In U.S. black use, "a spell effected by magical properties of roots," 1935. To take root is from 1530s. Root beer, made from the extracts of various roots, first recorded 1841, American English; root doctor is from 1821. Root cap is from 1875.
"dig with the snout," 1530s, from Middle English wroten "dig with the snout," from Old English wrotan "to root up," from Proto-Germanic *wrot- (cf. Old Norse rota, Swedish rota "to dig out, root," Middle Low German wroten, Middle Dutch wroeten, Old High German ruozian "to plow up"), from PIE root *wrod- "to root, gnaw."
Associated with the verb sense of root (n.). Extended sense of "poke about, pry" first recorded 1831. Phrase root hog or die "work or fail" first attested 1834, American English (in works of Davey Crockett, who noted it as an "old saying"). Reduplicated form rootin' tootin' "noisy, rambunctious" is recorded from 1875.
"cheer, support," 1889, American English, originally in a baseball context, probably from root (v.1) via intermediate sense of "study, work hard" (1856). Related: Rooted; rooting.
root (rōōt, rut)
The embedded part of an organ or structure, such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, serving as a base or support.
A primary source; an origin; radix.
In biology, the part of a plant that grows downward and holds the plant in place, absorbs water and minerals from the soil, and often stores food. The main root of a plant is called the primary root; others are called secondary roots. The hard tip is called the root cap, which protects the growing cells behind it. Root hairs increase the root's absorbing surface.
The part of a tooth below the gum. The root anchors the tooth to the jawbone.
[1846+; fr something that is or can be planted]
[1888+; origin obscure]
[perhaps fr cheroot or cigaroot]