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/ ruːts /


  1. (of popular music) going back to the origins of a style, esp in being genuine and unpretentious

    roots rock


  1. (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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Derived Forms

  • ˈrootsy, adjective

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Example Sentences

To regain their relevancy, Democrats need to go back to their evolutionary roots.

And then, at the close of our conversation, her punk roots reared their head like they had never disappeared.

It is a reasonable assumption, considering his roots in the Republican Party, in the Marines, and his proud Scots-Irish roots.

He made no bones about his great admiration for FDR, who was his mentor, and he had roots too in the Truman administration.

The roots of the violence can be found in the nearly six decades since Israel conquered Gaza and the West Bank.

Of course, considerations of weight have to be taken into account, but the more mould round the roots the better.

The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock.

Yet without a large amount of their roots these Ferns can never be satisfactorily established.

Great care is necessary when removing the Ferns to do as little damage as possible to the roots.

First of all, wrap a portion of damp newspaper round the roots, and then tie up with dry paper.





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