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- v. To grow roots into soil.
- v. To become established, to take hold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
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Some had pressed downwards from the bank in a solid phalanx, smothering the hinder branches almost to death; others had thrust upwards from the ground, looping themselves over the topmost boughs and falling to take root again on the other side, so that the trees were bound to the earth with criss-cross cords, like haystacks on a windy headland.
At the opening of chapter third we are told she had no home memories, that “this blessed persistence in which affection can take root had been wanting in Gwendolen's life.”
And when times of sickness bring baskets of greenhouse beauty to your hands, then let the sweetness and the kindness take root and grow, in bits of myrtle and lavender and geranium, in small shoots of rare roses, or, perhaps, in the mere little fruit-stem of a cactus flower.
His whole character indeed is developed from within, not impressed from without; the effect of Prospero's instructions having been to make him all the more himself; and there being perhaps no soil in his nature for conventional vices and knaveries to take root and grow in.
Richard Casey's tireless efforts ensured that the security ties established under the ANZUS treaty in 1951 by his predecessor, Percy Spender, were able to take root and grow.
Peacefully sleeping, while occasionally a seed would fall and take root in the freshly split furrow ...
"The Germans came close in this century, but their visionaries were snuffed out before the new concept could take root in the mass mind.
She'd heard Ruby say locust had such will to live that you could split fence posts from the wood of its trunk and they'd sometimes take root in the postholes and grow.
But did the Sufic Tantrism take root in Provence and the Languedoc because there was already a similar tradition in that area?