grassroots

adjective
grass·​roots | \ ˈgras-ˌrüts How to pronounce grassroots (audio) , -ˌru̇ts\
variants: or less commonly grassroot \ ˈgras-​ˌrüt How to pronounce grassroot (audio) , -​ˌru̇t \

Definition of grassroots

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of grass roots (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Advertising The marches near were initially organized by grassroots activists who were calling for a mass return to ancestral homes in what is now Israel. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 MobilizeAmerica is becoming the go-to platform for Democrats mobilizing grassroots activists and volunteers. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Democrats Turn to Online Tool for Organizing Volunteers," 4 Mar. 2019 But the dynamics of the current leadership battle show it’s much harder to mobilize moderates — especially when the grassroots activists of the left have emerged as a real force in politics. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House progressives are getting ready to fight off Nancy Pelosi’s challengers.," 21 Nov. 2018 Brinton spearheaded the campaign '50 Bills 50 States,' which works with thousands of local grassroots activists to introduce legislation to ban conversion therapy across the country. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "What Is Conversion Therapy?," 20 Nov. 2018 Fenwick, a grassroots activist, has made this election a referendum on the mayor's record among progressive voters. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Things to know on Louisville's primary election day," 20 May 2018 Hawley's hurdles Hawley entered the race after a prolonged recruitment effort by Vice President Mike Pence and other prominent Republicans, but the effort to anoint him as the presumptive nominee has irked some grassroots activists. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Cory Booker campaigns for McCaskill as she, Hawley work to shore up their bases | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 Each trip to Detroit for shooting would uncover new projects and stories, and individuals featured in the film range from C-Suite power players (Dan Gilbert, Christopher Ilitch, Bill Ford) to grassroots activists. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "When a man loves a city: Singer Michael Bolton's documentary on Detroit to debut," 14 May 2018 That is my that is my government experiences, is being a grassroots activists for 30 years. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "A Q&A Larry Arata, a teacher who ran for Congress to fight the opioid crisis | #PA5," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather cools, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow strong. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall," 24 Aug. 2018 Even the larvae feed on organic matter and grass roots, potentially causing a great deal of damage to your lawn. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles," 18 June 2018 Barrett is a favorite of the grass roots and would do the most to fire up the base. Jan Crawford, CBS News, "Sen. Susan Collins says she won't support Supreme Court pick with "hostility" to Roe v. Wade," 2 July 2018 What’s going on at the Democratic grass roots is arguably the undercovered story that may tell us more about what happens (or not) on Election Day 2018. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 He is considered the shining star of a grass roots movement called 5 star that has shaken up the Italian political landscape. Houston Chronicle, "Does the Democratic Party have the talent, money to carry the day?," 22 June 2018 He is considered the shining star of a grass roots movement called 5 star that has shaken up the Italian political landscape. Houston Chronicle, "Does the Democratic Party have the talent, money to carry the day?," 22 June 2018 Having covered the sport on a daily basis, and now on a semi basis, the problem is the problem, and no amount of marketing or gimmick can change it: The sport is simply too expensive to grow on a grass roots level to enjoy large gains. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "NHL has a major event coming to town and you don't even know it," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of grassroots

Adjective

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grassroots

Adjective

see grass entry 1

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The first known use of grassroots was in 1901

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grass roots

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English Language Learners Definition of grass roots

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

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