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grassroots

[gras-roots, -roo ts, grahs-] /ˈgræsˌruts, -ˌrʊts, ˈgrɑs-/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb). Also, grass roots
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.
adjective, Also, grass-roots
5.
of, pertaining to, or involving the common people, especially as contrasted with or separable from an elite:
a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15 Americanism for def 1
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