inroad definition

  • noun:
    • A hostile invasion; a raid.
    • An advance, especially at another's cost; an encroachment. Frequently found in the plural: Foreign products have made inroads in to the American economic climate.
    • an advance into opponent territory, an incursion, an attempted invasion
    • development made toward accomplishing a goal or solving a problem
    • The entry of an enemy into a country with reasons of hostility; a sudden or desultory incursion or intrusion; raid; encroachment.
    • A predatory or aggressive incursion; a raid by general public opponents; a temporary or desultory invasion.
    • Forcible entrance; powerful or abrupt influx or incursion; forcible or insidious encroachment.
    • an encroachment or intrusion
    • an invasion or aggressive attack
  • verb:
    • to help make an inroad into; to invade.
  • verb-transitive:
    • to help make an inroad into; to invade.
  • others:
    • which will make an inroad into; invade.
    • to create an inroad; encroach; depredate.

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