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Meaning of "root word" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF ROOT WORD

root word  [ruːt wɜːd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ROOT WORD

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Root word is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES ROOT WORD MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Root (linguistics)

A root, or root word, is a word that does not have a prefix or a suffix. The root word is the primary lexical unit of a word, and of a word family, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Content words in nearly all languages contain, and may consist only of root morphemes. However, sometimes the term "root" is also used to describe the word minus its inflectional endings, but with its lexical endings in place. For example, chatters has the inflectional root or lemma chatter, but the lexical root chat. Inflectional roots are often called stems, and a root in the stricter sense may be thought of as a monomorphemic stem. The traditional definition allows roots to be either free morphemes or bound morphemes. Root morphemes are essential for affixation and compounds. However, in polysynthetic languages with very high levels of inflectional morphology, the term "root" is generally synonymous with "free morpheme". Many such languages have a very restricted number of morphemes that can stand alone as a word: Yup'ik, for instance, has no more than two thousand.

Definition of root word in the English dictionary

The definition of root word in the dictionary is the form of a word after all affixes are removed.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ROOT WORD


afterword
ˈɑːftəˌwɜːd
backword
ˈbækˌwɜːd
buzzword
ˈbʌzwɜːd
byword
ˈbaɪˌwɜːd
catchword
ˈkætʃˌwɜːd
codeword
ˈkəʊdˌwɜːd
crossword
ˈkrɒswɜːd
foreword
ˈfɔːˌwɜːd
headword
ˈhɛdˌwɜːd
keyword
ˈkiːˌwɜːd
password
ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd
reword
riːˈwɜːd
swearword
ˈswɛəˌwɜːd
watchword
ˈwɒtʃˌwɜːd
whirred
wɜːd
word
wɜːd
word-for-word
ˌwɜːdfəˈwɜːd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ROOT WORD

root and branch
root beer
root canal
root canal treatment
root cap
root cause
root climber
root crop
root crops
root ginger
root hair
root mean square
root nodule
root out
root position
root sign
root treatment
root up
root vegetable
root-and-branch

WORDS THAT END LIKE ROOT WORD

at a word
buzz word
code word
content word
dirty word
entry word
four-letter word
full word
household word
in a word
mum´s the word
naughty word
of one´s word
operative word
printed word
reserved word
sword
the last word
the word
word for word
written word

Synonyms and antonyms of root word in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «root word» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ROOT WORD

Find out the translation of root word to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of root word from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «root word» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

字根
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

raíz de la palabra
570 millions of speakers

English

root word
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मूल शब्द
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

جذر الكلمة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

корень слова
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

palavra de raiz
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

রুট শব্দ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

racine du mot
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kata akar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wortstamm
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

語根
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

루트 단어
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tembung ROOT
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

từ gốc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ரூட் சொல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मूळ शब्द
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kelime kökü
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

radice
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

słowo korzeń
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

корінь слова
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cuvânt rădăcină
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ρίζα της λέξης
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wortel woord
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

rotordet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

root ord
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of root word

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ROOT WORD»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ROOT WORD» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about root word

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ROOT WORD»

Discover the use of root word in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to root word and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Active Word Play: Games and Activities that Build Vocabulary
Root Word-Definition Cards Blank Card Template Cross-index of Games and Activities Arts and 60 ACTIVE WORD PLAY. ROOT WORD ROOT WORD ROOT WORD AGRI ANTHROPO AQUA DEFINITION FIELD DEFINITION DEFINITION ...
Jane Feber, 2013
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CAHSEE-English Language Arts: California High School Exit Exam
Many words begin with or contain a part of a word that is the same as another word and that is called a root word. With the knowledge of root words, understanding the basic background and meaning of many other words is made much easier.
Christina Lacie, 2008
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Medical Terminology Component Glossary
A combining form is the combining vowel plus the root word. between a root word and another root word or between a root word and a suffix. For example in these cases: ELECTROCARDIOGRAM the combining forms in this word are ...
Catherine Kurtz, 2004
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Spelling: A Phonetic Approach
Students will also learn how the addirion ot the prefix changes the meaning of the root word. Spelling Words: unusual, unhappy, unfair, refill, replace, redo, disappear, disagree, incorrect, invisible Rule: Prefixes are small word parts thar are ...
Nancy Lobb, 2001
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How to Improve Your Vocabulary
Each word meaning begins with a base or root word. The base or root word alone has meaning, but it is generally combined with at least one other word part. A prefix is a word part added at the beginning of a root word, while a suf fix is a word ...
Sarah Kartchner Clark, 1999
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Pass the Nelson Denny: NDRT Study Guide and Practice Test ...
A The stem root word lumin- means light, for example illumination and luminous. 24. D The stem root word nutri- means nourish, for example nutrient. 25. C The stem root word oct- means eight, for example octagon and octahedron. 26.
Complete Test Preparation Team
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HOBET Test Strategy: Winning Multiple Choice Strategies for ...
B The stem root word lax- means not tense, for example laxative and relaxation. 2 1. C The stem root word mania- means relating to mental illness, for example kleptomania and maniac. 22. C The stem root word maj- means greater, ...
Complete Test Preparation Team
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Elsevier's Veterinary Assisting Textbook
When joined to the root word natal, meaning “birth,” the result becomes the medical word: PREnatal. Prenatal means “before birth.” The prefix pre used alone means nothing to the reader. Root Word A root word is the subject part of the word ...
Margi Sirois, 2014
9
Word by Word: Comprehensive Word Study Program
'portare' is a root word meaning 'to carry' 3.3.3.3.3. List more words that contain the root word 'cycl'. List more words that contain the root word 'cycl'. List more words that contain the root word 'cycl'. List more words that contain the root word  ...
Ric Publications Staff, 1997
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Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction
Besides the attachment of suffixes (and sometimes, but more rarely, prefixes and infixes – affixes added into the middle of a root), word- formation in PIE often required modification of the shape of the root itself, in ways to be discussed further ...
Benjamin W. Fortson, IV, 2011

2 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ROOT WORD»

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Bright Lights, Big Dictionaries: What It Was Like to Compete in Scripps
You have to rely on skills beyond rote memorization: root words, that kind of thing. You're allowed to ask three questions: language of origin, part of speech, and ... «Jezebel, May 15»
2
What Is A Parable? A Bible Definition
The word parable is from the root word “paraballo” or in the Greek “parabole.” This compound word comes from “para” which means “to come along side or ... «Patheos, May 14»

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