Definition of grass roots in English:

grass roots

(also grassroots)

plural noun

  • 1The most basic level of an activity or organization.

    ‘the whole campaign would be conducted at the grass roots’
    as modifier ‘trying to improve the sport's image at the grass-roots level’
    • ‘At the grass-roots level, for every shopkeeper boarded up there will be a pub or hamburger stall doing a roaring trade.’
    • ‘First, at the grass-roots level, political correctness fails to teach children that sportsmanship and self-development are the lasting lessons of competition.’
    • ‘Rugby union's done a lot of that, particularly at grass-roots level.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister said he wanted to create a partnership between Whitehall and individuals and organisations at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘It is a situation that is increasingly worrying to doctors at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘The period bred fear of widespread unrest, sparked by rivalry among political powers wielding support at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘There are two other senior sides, one under-18 team, and 10 junior teams that deliver competitive football at grass-roots level.’
    • ‘If we succeed, we will have succeeded in making our law available much more widely to the public and those who advise them at grass-roots level.’
    • ‘Basic legislative knowledge, while intimidating at times, is paramount to our success at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘Promoting psychology in the community means psychologists must be involved members of the community, active and visible at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘As one of Scotland's few indigenous games, we should be cheered by its enduring popularity, and its belated efforts to encourage more participation at grass-roots level.’
    • ‘Activity in the U.K. and Australia is at the grass-roots level, although some promising movements toward greater public and professional awareness have begun.’
    • ‘Local government officers have made unsung efforts to start ‘community cohesion’ initiatives at grass-roots level.’
    • ‘The effects of the changes which have taken place in higher education have undoubtedly been felt at grass-roots level, in law schools just as much as elsewhere in the academy.’
    • ‘They do this while reading it religiously and, I'll warrant, using it as a way of keeping tabs on how various stories are playing, especially at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘‘If there is ever going to be peace, it has to start at the grass-roots level, not with governments,’ she said.’
    • ‘Political action at the grass-roots level also took off.’
    • ‘Even with the stress now on community participation and need-based programmes at the grass-roots level, conditions have not improved much.’
    • ‘I think we're very efficient at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘You would not believe the dedication for this company that exists at grass-roots level, and though we are the little people - we ALL make a crucial difference.’
    1. 1.1 Ordinary people regarded as the main body of an organization's membership.
      ‘you have lost touch with the grass roots of the party’
      • ‘The meeting felt that the grass roots of the party should have a say in the election of party leader and the decision on a long-term leader should not be rushed into.’
      • ‘A true strategy would take into account many more issues and would be developed with the involvement of grass-roots membership.’
      • ‘The never married 36 year old's strong fight for the traditional definition of marriage could play well among a lot of the grass roots members.’
      • ‘A report on discussions with grass-roots members in September 1968 revealed the extent of the problem.’
      • ‘A spokesman said any decision would have to be made by the grass roots members of both unions.’
      • ‘Which leaves it up to the grass roots party members to try and keep the campaign honest.’
      • ‘The executive, the state management and also the grass roots members that we've had contact with, support her.’
      • ‘Each of the main parties contains a fair range of opinion among its MPs and grass roots members and it is discussion of these differing views that leads to the formulation of policy.’
      • ‘I mean, the people on those bodies are democratically elected and the grass roots membership of the party chooses who goes on those various bodies.’
      • ‘Of the grass-roots membership of the party, a clear majority appears to be on the left.’
      • ‘The idea of the rule change was to give greater input to ordinary grass-roots Conservative party members.’
      • ‘However, the figures suggest that those grass roots party members who chose to vote did so against the trade union line.’
      • ‘Bernadette had to wade through the murky waters of bureaucracy as well as reach out to the local NGO community, and grass-roots citizens.’
      • ‘It is a long process, but one that allows the grass-roots members of the Association to fully participate in its legislative agenda.’
      • ‘The Democrats wrote new rules designed to give control to grass-roots party members.’
      • ‘The leadership needs to hear first-hand what grass-roots members are thinking.’
      people, public, general public, population, populace, community, citizenry, nation, body politic, collective
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Pronunciation

grass roots

/ˈɡræs ˈˌruts//ˈɡras ˈˌro͞ots/