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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.
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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. And what's on bed-rock down in the bottom of the creek they ain't no way of tellin'.
There's a 50-50 split between investments in the professional game and the national game, effectively grassroots football."
It was the draw of great grassroots sport that proved to be so enticing.
How important is grassroots advocacy to the success of Madison Telephone Co.
In our last column we focused on the announcement of more investment going into grassroots football as part of The FA's new National Game Strategy.
Musicians are coming together next week for a fundraising gig as part of ongoing efforts to secure the future of Grassroots Cardiff which helped launch the careers of stars including Cerys Mathews, Super Furry Animals and Stereophonics.
Dan Patrick is dissolving the grassroots advisory board he established at the start of the 84th legislative session, saying several of its members, including Tea Party organizer JoAnn Fleming, "expressed a desire for greater independence."
ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa yesterday offered his best wishes to the Asian footballing community on the occasion of AFC Grassroots Day.
The International Franchise Association received top honors from the Public Affairs Council for innovation in grassroots advocacy during the National Grassroots Conference in Key West, Fla.
A FORMER park footballer has written a book about the grassroots game in Coventry in the 1960s and 70s.
Austin, TX, March 17, 2013 --( Today Phoenix Arising and Groupon Grassroots (, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to ignite a passion for hands-on math, science and technology learning opportunities for local students.
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-August 1, 2012--Groupon Grassroots kicks off back-to-school campaigns(C)1994-2012 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

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