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Take Root

Take root

When something, e.g. a belief or ideology, takes root somewhere, it starts to become established there. You can see how this English idiom can be used in the following example:

An interest in alternative energy has taken root in our community.

This sentence means that an interest in alternative energy sources has become established - like the roots of the tree in the picture above - in our community . Other things can also take root. Look at the following headlines:

Democracy Steadily Takes Root in Africa
- npr.com, 1 October 2011, Alan Greenblatt
Mali: Prosperity Takes Root in Country
- allafrica.com, 2 March 2012, United States Department of State
The Ability to Love Takes Root in Earliest Infancy
- psychologicalscience.org, 14 December 2011, Divya Menon
Small business takes root in the new Cuba
- timescolonist.com, 18 March 2012, Katie Derosa

The following video refers to the
2007 Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year. The word is locavore and means someone who principally or only eats locally grown food. Apparently, the locavore movement is taking root, i.e. becoming established. Watch the video and find out more about this trend:

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