Definition of inroad in English:



  • 1An instance of something being encroached on or reduced by something else.

    ‘the firm is beginning to make inroads into the UK market’
    ‘serious inroads had now been made into my pitiful cash reserves’
    • ‘The company is now at a crucial stage in its development as it focuses on the European market and making inroads into its vending machine sector.’
    • ‘Any Democratic ticket will need to make inroads into at least one Republican-leaning area, as well as keeping what Gore got in 2000.’
    • ‘A Marine being spokesman said the U.S. forces are making inroads into the city, the same spokesman adding, the Marines are winning every firefight they engage in.’
    • ‘Some York bands are already making inroads into the industry.’
    • ‘As women continue to make inroads into previously male-dominated areas, a trio of men have shown it can work both ways.’
    • ‘Microsoft's blog abbreviation debacle comes as blogging in general and RSS specifically make inroads into more spheres of business and personal life.’
    • ‘By making inroads in urban communities, Republicans could offset Democratic suburban gains and maintain electoral competitiveness.’
    • ‘He died before he could realize his aim of conquering the Chinese Empire to the South, but his descendants made inroads on China's spheres of influence, conquering Korea in 1637.’
    • ‘Evangelical Protestant churches are gaining adherents in Latin America and Muslim preachers are making inroads in Africa.’
    • ‘This Montreal-based band has a cult following in Canada and is just beginning to make inroads into the British jazz scene.’
    • ‘The prospect of cashing in on the huge émigré market is one reason many Irish retailers are making a concerted effort to make inroads into e-commerce.’
    • ‘Travel cards, for instance, are projected to make inroads into the $30 billion traveler check market.’
    • ‘With passage of time, dry flowers are slowly making inroads into the fresh-flower market, to occupy a prime slot in homes and offices.’
    • ‘He hopes to bag another 20 seats; he might make inroads into more Labour urban heartlands - Hartlepool, perhaps - but Tory seats are still his prime pickings.’
    • ‘While British timber is making inroads into the European market, there is still plenty coming in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘An exclusive Scottish opinion poll conducted for Scotland on Sunday suggests the SNP is failing to make inroads in the key constituencies it must seize to win power, and it may even lose a seat to Labour.’
    • ‘M & M is also making inroads into the European market, even as it signed a deal with Italy-based Eurasia Motors to assemble the vehicles and distribute them in that country.’
    • ‘Behind the scenes, though, the life assurance, banking and fund management giant is making inroads into China, Hong Kong and India, and consolidating its market-leading positions in its chosen UK markets.’
    • ‘The campaign was successful and now Coke is making inroads into what was once a market void.’
    • ‘Recently, online activism has been making inroads into the lives of mainstream Internet users.’
    occupy, conquer, capture, seize, annex, win, gain, secure
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  • 2A hostile attack; a raid.

    ‘the inroads and cross-border raiding of the Grahams’
    • ‘In order to deter landing inroad and passing through the channel by enemy forces, the mining operation is also conducted on the occasion of making minefields on the shore or key channel where enemy landing invasions will be expected.’
    • ‘It may also reference a sudden and violent inroad, or entrance of invaders.’
    charge, sortie, foray, thrust, drive, offensive, attack, raid, assault, descent, blitz, incursion, invasion, onset, inroad, onslaught, rush, onrush
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Mid 16th century (in inroad): from in + road (from an early use in the sense ‘riding’).