root (for) v.
1. to cheer and urge on.
|World (N.Y.) 20 Oct. 2/3: In her own feeble way the lone woman under the grand stand ‘rooted’ for the New Yorkers.|
|Artie (1963) 64: He’ll have the whole push rootin’ for him.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 22 Oct. 31: We’re rooting for you, Theodore, in sotuh and east and west.|
|Smile A Minute 58: Them roughnecks has started rootin’ for him.|
|AS II:5 256: ‘Pluggers’ or ‘rooters,’ ‘plug’ or ‘root’ for their side or for their favorite players.‘Baseball Sl.’ in|
|What’s In It For Me? 189: You got me rooting for you, Murray.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 52: I was rooting for the coloured boy.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 237: Please don’t think I’m rooting for Jonathan Price to an unreasonable extent, and I shan’t care twopence if he isn’t represented.letter 13 March in Thwaite|
|Groucho Letters (1967) 119: I was rooting mentally for Max to answer ‘Mikoyan’ to the big-money question.letter 9 Jan. in|
|Tourist Season (1987) 320: Michael, who’re you rooting for?|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 11 July 2: Everyone is rooting for a day trip to Brighton.|
|Experience 252: I would be rooting for my boy John (Best Actor, Pulp Fiction).|
2. to support a cause.
|Forty Modern Fables 184: The whole Bunch is going out to Root for Purity in Politics.|
|Babbitt (1974) 28: Who you rootin’ for for Republican candidate, Mr. Babbitt?|
|(con. 1910s) Elmer Gantry 344: Anybody that roots for him’ll stand ace-high after the election.|
|Vice Trap 37: He was trying to get on special with the post office, and I was rooting for him to make it.|
|Guardian Guide 15–21 May 93: With so many birds to root for, why bother with grouse?|
1. (US) of a sporting contest, well- and fervently supported.
|World (N.Y.) 14 May 3/4: A closer, a more exciting or a more ‘rooty’ game of ball has never been played at Brotherhood Park.|
2. see also under root v.