take root


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take root become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style "He finally settled down"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Take root to root, to become fixed
    • Take root to strike out roots, to live and grow, as a plant: to be established
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.”
  • George Washington
    “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.


In literature:

As he does this, he expresses his hope that the walls "will take good root hold," and stand firm and secure.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
He sprang out upon them, and then crossed the river's bed, taking shelter beneath some large tangled roots on the opposite bank.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
Mafuta, take these roots, and we will be going.
"The Adventures of Dick Maitland" by Harry Collingwood
Why, there are no soundings here under four miles, and it would take a pretty long root to stretch to such a depth!
"The White Squall" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Just the sort of solid, durable old place to take root in after a roaming life!
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Such tragedy, however, refused to take root.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
The last thrives best in a dry, rocky soil and it is surprising in what places it will take root and grow.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
It will most flourish where nothing but itself will take root.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
We'll sit on this root and have a good feed, and then take up our track again.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
The Rose is somewhat difficult to propagate from cuttings, and it takes from three to four weeks for them to root under the best conditions.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
Still the true faith went on taking root downwards and bearing fruit upwards.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
They take root readily when transplanted; and may be grown in rows like the taller descriptions of pease, or in hills like running beans.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The time has come for that Stuart, dear ... the roots are taking too strong a hold ... they must be torn out.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Then birds visit the spot, and seeds are thus conveyed thither, which take root and spring up and flourish.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Away, and let not thy feet take root on the road.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
When you have a five-cent piece and a taro root before you, and are hungry, which will you take?
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The virtue is slow in taking root among democracies.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
After the Indians have sold the fresh roots to the merchants, the latter must take a great deal of pains with them.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
They were too revolutionary to take deep root.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
They thwarted my purpose and broke my will and kept me in bed until I began to think I'd take root there.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

In my desolation
I am as duckweed:
Cut my roots and
Take me away-would the water do it,
I should go, I think.
"In my desolation" by Ono no Komachi
As the growing tree takes root,
Springing, blooming, bearing; so
Do the leaves, the flowers, the fruit
In the soil of virtue grow.
"Faith and Works" by John Bowring
But ah, gentle soother, where anguish
Takes root in the grief-stricken heart;
'Tis the triumph of sorrow to languish,
'Tis rapture to cherish the smart.
"To Cesario" by Mary Darby Robinson
And the quick words, swathed in their music, drop
Like summer blossoms left by fickle winds,
And, taking root, spring up and flower, like hope
In human hearts and minds:
"The Poet" by Alexander Anderson
Deep desire, that pierces heart and spirit to the root,
Finds reluctant voice in verse that yearns like soaring fire,
Takes exultant voice when music holds in high pursuit
Deep desire.
"The Lute And The Lyre" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The forest folk! Dreadful that flame to see
Coil from the cotton-tree--a snake of gold--
Violently break from root and trunk, to take
The bending boughs and leaves in deadly hold
Then passing--to enfold
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

A new political dynamic needs to take root .
Tomato blight may be taking root in New York again.
A Tex-Mex breakfast specialty takes root in Brooklyn.
To most new cities where the Sisters take root they are the strangest of the strange.
Over 300 human studies on Rhodiola rosea show that the plant has anti-stress, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant properties, and that taking the extract of the root produces no significant negative effects.
Xeriscape-designed garden takes root in El Dorado Arboretum .
In its second year as a global report, the Flavor Forecast showcases trends and flavors taking root in cultures spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America.
States should wait on digital voting until technology standards take root.
Since 2007, Montgomery has spent about $8.8 million helping 95 companies take root in the county.
Jailbreaking , aka rooting, involves taking full control of a device, which would let the user run software unauthorized by the manufacturer.
Garden taking root at junior high.
Oxford tree farm takes root.
Helping garden values take root.
They're already taking root in Cleveland.
East Palo Alto gardens take root.

In science:

We take a usual bijection between maximal parabolic subgroups and simple roots of the corresponding algebra.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
In particular every edge is traversed twice (first away from and then toward the root) and the complete traversal takes 2n steps.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Further, it is not difficult to check that taking n-th roots is definable.
Grothendieck rings of Laurent series fields
Ct , Dt t )ε−N , ∀ε ∈ (0, ε0 ) . (e) ⇒ (f ) follows again by taking the N -th root of the inequality.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
We have seen that it takes exponential in n expected time for the classical random walk to hit the opposite root.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
Take such a path and extend it to the root o.
Anchored expansion, percolation and speed
The strategy of the solution relies on the following idea: We take a particular site as the root and show that its statistical properties can be derived from those of their neighbors.
Potts Model On Random Trees
To construct trees of type (a), we take any collection of rooted cyclotomic trees, as listed in Section 6, the sum of whose ν -values exceeds 2.
Salem numbers, Pisot numbers, Mahler measure and graphs
For instance, for the two Pisot trees in Figure 2, take their roots to be the central vertex.
Salem numbers, Pisot numbers, Mahler measure and graphs
The root system for Dn is realized by taking αi = εi − εi+1 for i < n; αn = εn−1 + εn .
Presenting generalized Schur algebras in types B,C,D
We define f (Xκ ) by evaluating f on the branching process in the natural way: form a graph from the branching process as above, and take the initial particle as the root.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Taking square roots as imposed by (5.19) and keeping track of the constants, we obtain the assertion for Z r p (M, θ).
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
Following Schiffmann , it is useful to identify K0 (C ) with the root lattice of a loop algebra of a Kac-Moody Lie algebra, and take as Z-basis the elements α∗ = [O(0)], αij = [Sij ] for 0 ≤ i ≤ n and 1 ≤ j ≤ pi − 1, and δ = [O(~c)] − [O(0)].
General sheaves over weighted projective lines
The other root takes place at r′ = (−B + √B 2 − AD)/A > 2.
Generalized second law in phantom dominated universe
The other root takes place at r′ = (−B + √B 2 − AD)/A < 1.
Generalized second law in phantom dominated universe