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raíz

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raíz(
rrah
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ees
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (botany)
a. root
La raíz del árbol está muy profunda en la tierra.The tree root is very deep in the ground.
2. (origin)
a. root
Después de años viviendo en distintas partes del mundo, volvió a sus raíces.After many years living in different parts of the world, he went back to his roots.
3. (cause)
a. root
Su testarudez fue la raíz del problema.His stubbornness was the root of the problem.
4. (anatomy)
a. root
Los detectives encontraron ADN en la raíz de su pelo.The detectives found DNA in the root of his hair.
5. (mathematics)
a. root
La maestra me preguntó la raíz cuadrada de 64.The teacher asked for the square root of 64.
6. (linguistics)
a. root
En algunos verbos irregulares, las vocales de la raíz verbal cambian en el tiempo pasado.In some irregular verbs, the vowels of the root of the verb change in the past tense.
7. (computing)
a. root
Puedes encontrar todo lo que buscas en el directorio raíz.You can find everything you're looking for in the root directory.
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raíz
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de planta, pelo, muela)
a. root
2. (causa)
a. root cause, origin
arrancar algo de raízto root something out completely
cortar algo de raízto nip something in the bud
echar raícesto put down roots
3. (origen)
a. origin
de raíces humildesof humble origins
la costumbre tiene su raíz en la España del siglo XVthe custom has its roots o origin in 15th-century Spain
4. (mathematics)
a. root
raíz cuadrada/cúbicasquare/cube root
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raíz
1 [de planta] root
de raíz
arrancar algo de raíz to root sth out completely; cortar un problema de raíz to nip a problem in the bud
echar raíces [+planta] to take root; [+persona] to put down roots
2 [de diente, pelo] root
3 (Matemáticas)
raíz cuadrada square root
raíz cúbica cube root
4 (origen) root
ha vuelto a sus raíces he has gone back to his roots; hay que llegar a la raíz del problema we have to get to the root of the problem; la bebida fue la raíz de todos sus males drink was the root cause o was at the root of all his troubles
5
a raíz de as a result of; a raíz de su depresión dejó el trabajo as a result of his depression he gave up his job
6 (Lingüística) root
7 (Informática) root
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