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    #1

    To cheer for a team

    What are other ways of saying: I will be cheering for L.A. Lakers team this evening.
    Or: - What team do you like?
    - I'm rooting for Lakers.
    Does "rooting" here mean that you are basically there at the stadium screaming and applauding and cheering is more like you are a fan of a team in general.


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    #2

    Re: To cheer for a team

    I am rooting or cheering for the lakers means you want them to win.
    Rooting and cheering in this context is an AE expression.
    In BE rooting would be replaced by supporting and cheering would be singing for the team you supported.

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    #3

    Re: To cheer for a team

    In AusE, 'rooting' means 'screwing', ie. 'having sex with'. Don't use 'rooting' in this sense in Australia, especially if you're a woman, in such sentences as "I'm rooting for the Lakers" (though I think by AE, grandada means AmE, in which case you can use it).
    Also, don't say you're "pulling for the Lakers", either. You can use "barracking, cheering".

    Can I suggest the use of the more explicit terms AmE and BrE for American and British English. These terms have a fine pedigree. There are many AEs and BEs, and there will soon be many more.


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    #4

    Re: To cheer for a team

    root for sb [no passive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) (informal) to support or encourage sb in a sports competition or when they are in a difficult situation: We’re rooting for the Bulls. Good luck—I’m rooting for you!


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    #5

    Re: To cheer for a team

    cheer sbon to give shouts of encouragement to sb in a race, competition, etc.: The spectators cheered the runners on.


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    #6

    Re: To cheer for a team

    support

    SPORTS TEAM
    (BrE) to like a particular sports team, watch their games, etc.: Which team do you support?


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    #7

    Re: To cheer for a team

    barrack

    ~ (for) sb (AustralE, NZE) to shout encouragement to a person or team that you support

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    Re: To cheer for a team

    cheer (v) = acclaim, applaud, brighten, clap, comfort, console, elate, encourage, exhilarate, gladden, hail, hearten, incite, uplift, warm

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