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 (grăs′ro͞ots′, -ro͝ots′)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. People at a local or low level rather than at the center or upper levels of an organization or movement. Often used with the.
2. The lowest or most basic level of an organization or movement: a campaign that started at the grassroots.

grass′roots′ adj.


People at a local or ordinary level, such as the ordinary members of a political party or the members of an electorate.
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Adj.1.grassroots - fundamental; "the grassroots factor in making the decision"
basic - pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
2.grassroots - of or involving the common people as constituting a fundamental political and economic group; "a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament"
common - having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap"
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I tell you, you can shake it out of the grassroots.
For example, a government may be able but unwilling to devote resourees towards goods and services designed to win grassroots support.
GRASSROOTS football is a vital part of life in the North West, where football has always played a huge role in bringing the community together.
Grassroots liberals; organizing for local and national politics.
the SPIRIT Grassroots Advocate of the Year Award for his significant and longstanding support of NTCAs advocacy efforts.
Heidi Ann Ecker has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as director of government affairs and grassroots programs.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired grassroots advocacy veteran Heidi Ann Ecker as director of government affairs and grassroots programs.
The spiralling cost of the Olympics will hit grassroots sport in the West Midlands for more than pounds 38 million, the Liberal Democrats claimed.
Please contact LWVUS Grassroots Lobbyist Angela Canterbury to learn how your League can get involved (acanterbury@lwv.
Dean drew fire on February 15 from a number of political pundits and leaders when he released the DNC's annual Grassroots Report, which contained no mention of outreach to LGBT people.
As we all know, a big part of having a successful grassroots program is building an even stronger, active membership.
There is a grassroots movement as well as a large industrial corporate effort backed by the National Biodiesel Board.

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