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- (intransitive, literally) To grow roots into soil.
- Those tulip bulbs have taken root.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To become established, to take hold.
- The new regulations have yet to take root.
- 1599, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Act 1 Scene 3
- You have of late stood out against your brother, and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where it is impossible you should take true root but by the fair weather that you make yourself: it is needful that you frame the season for your own harvest.
to grow roots into soil
to become established, to take hold