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roots

/ (ruːts) /
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adjective

(of popular music) going back to the origins of a style, esp in being genuine and unpretentiousroots rock

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QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Derived forms of roots

rootsy, adjective
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Cultural definitions for roots

Roots

(1976) A Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by the African-American author Alex Haley, later made into a popular television drama. It traces a black American man's heritage to Africa, where his ancestors had been captured and sold as slaves.

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