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[ gras-roots, -roots, grahs- ]


, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.
  2. the agricultural and rural areas of a country.
  3. the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.
  4. the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like.


  1. of, relating to, or involving the common people, especially as contrasted with or separable from an elite:

    a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grassroots1

1910–15 Americanism grassroots fordef 1

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Example Sentences

This victory would be impossible without the incredible work of hundreds of grassroots volunteers.

Maskhane, a grassroots organization, brings together natural-language-processing researchers from Africa to bolster machine-translation work that has neglected nondominant languages.

The “Drag Ambassadors” have hosted dozens of grassroots events throughout the year to encourage their audiences to register and have a plan for voting.

She had to promise them that her grassroots organization, Girls United for Human Rights, would arrange for the girl’s books and school uniform.

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It started with a grassroots effort and is doing some wonderful things.

The delegates were given envelopes containing $40,000 during a meeting about grassroots soccer initiatives.

Either way, this is a conversation that is occurring not just at the penthouse level, but among the grassroots as well.

Grassroots organizing accompanied an agenda of legislative sabotage led by the Republican congressional hierarchy.

Then, Democratic strategists say, the grassroots were hungry for a real debate after eight years of George Bush.

The centrist group thinks they can build centrist grassroots army.

His eye to the grassroots, Gramps had long ago understood that everything was as old as creation itself and yet was eternally new.

I saw the indications of richness there, and, overturning the earth with my pick, found gold among the very grassroots.

Goals 2000 links world-class standards to grassroots reforms and I hope Congress will pass it without delay.

In my budget, I propose a grassroots campaign to help inform families about these medical risks.

DA enjoyed grassroots support especially by young professionals, businessmen and liberals.





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