to put down roots

Idiom Definition

"to put down roots"

to establish a permanent home in one location

Idiom Definition - to put down roots


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to put down roots

I have been traveling around from place to place most of my life.  I spend a year or two in this city and then move somewhere else.  I have not found a place where I would want to live for a long period of time.  I have not found a sense of community or belonging.  Recently, I discovered a small town that is fantastic.  The town has all the conveniences that I want and the people are fantastic.  I think I have had enough of moving around all the time.

I think I will put down roots here.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to put down roots

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  How often do you get transferred to another city?

Executive 2:  About every two years.

Executive 1:  That must be difficult.

Executive 2:  Sometimes I think it would be good to have a permanent home but a career is a career.

Executive 1:  Well, perhaps you will put down roots one day.

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to put down roots - Gerund Form:

Putting down roots means that you are settling down permanently.

to put down roots - Examples:

1)  I put down roots when I live in one place for an extended period of time.

2)  You put down roots when it is time to start a family.

3)  He puts down roots when he finds a place he really likes.

4)  She puts down roots when she has traveled enough.

5)  We put down roots when we are tired of moving.

6)  You (all) put down roots in order to establish a sense of permanence.

7)  They put down roots after they retire from the military service.

8)  He moves from England to the New World to put down roots for the Order and to set up a base of operations.

9)  I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.

10)  Toronto is a civilized, sophisticated city, hospitable to anyone willing to put down roots.

11)  These are all suburban ridings where new Canadians have put down roots.

12)  I bought primarily because I wanted to put down roots while I started a family.

13)  That said, as soon as I put down roots again somewhere I think I'd like to get back into biking.

14)  They would not have put down roots (excuse the pun) until the establishment of farming in the Bronze age.

15)  This is a golden opportunity for the sport to finally put down roots and find a long-term home.

16)  I'm the outsider, now. And I've started to put down roots where I am.

17)  I decided that I wanted to put down roots in an area of Southern California that values community and family.

18)  I suppose a better way to describe us is gypsies who like to put down roots. At least for a month or two.

19)  The children of immigrants all worked hard, bought homes, put down roots, raised their children.

20)  Companies that put down roots in the settlements receive direct government subsidies and tax breaks.