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1 an encroachment or intrusion; "they made inroads in the United States market"
2 an invasion or hostile attack

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  • (Canada) /ˈɪnˌroʊd/


  1. an advance into enemy territory, an incursion, an attempted invasion
    • 1776: Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol 1
      The brave and active Contsantius delivered Gaul from a very furious inroad of the Alemanni;
    • 1910: G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With The World
      ... our whole great commercial system breaks down. It is breaking down, under the inroad of women who are adopting the unprecedented and impossible course of taking the system seriously and doing it well.
  2. In the context of "usually plural": progress made toward accomplishing a goal or solving a problem
    • 1983: Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV, episode 1.03)
      You must have been fairly surprised at Dr. Glaser's inroads into reprogramming the brain.


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