grassroots

play
adjective grass·roots \ ˈgras-ˌrüts , -ˌru̇ts \
variants: or less commonly grassroot play \ˈgras-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t\

Definition of grassroots

1 :basic, fundamental
  • the grassroots factor in deciding to buy a house
2 :being, originating, or operating in or at the grass roots
  • a grassroots organization
  • grassroots political support
3 :not adapted from or added to an existing facility or operation :totally new
  • a grassroots refinery

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Origin and Etymology of grassroots

see 1grass


grass roots

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of grass roots

1 :the very foundation or source
  • You must attack the problem at the grass roots.
2 :the basic level of society or of an organization especially as viewed in relation to higher or more centralized positions of power
  • was losing touch with the party's grass roots

First Known Use of grass roots

1901


GRASSROOTS Defined for English Language Learners

grass roots

noun

Definition of grass roots for English Language Learners

  • : the ordinary people in a society or organization : the people who do not have a lot of money and power



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