ground·​swell | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌswel How to pronounce groundswell (audio) \

Definition of groundswell

1 usually ground swell : a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance
2 : a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) a groundswell of support

Examples of groundswell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s also lacking is a groundswell that might encourage the hesitant to make the leap: Many people who have gotten vaccinated are remaining tight-lipped. New York Times, "Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics," 30 Apr. 2021 That means their headline-grabbing numbers were more the product of expensively soliciting hardcore Republicans than an organic groundswell of far-reaching support. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers," 21 Apr. 2021 There is a groundswell of government support from around the world for these targets. Jeremy Radachowsky, Scientific American, "To Confront the U.S. Border Crisis, Save Central America's Forests," 10 Apr. 2021 Congress should act today, buoyed by the groundswell of support for the women's movement, the #MeToo era and the growing number of women serving in all branches of government. Star Tribune, "U.S. women deserve a federal public holiday," 24 Feb. 2021 Creative industries are experiencing a major Latinx groundswell, and our lives are richer for it. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, "Latin-Forward: How Irma Peñuñuri, A.k.a Burgerrock, Is Changing The Narrative On Fashion Business," 15 Apr. 2021 West End, a groundswell of social media popularity. Washington Post, "‘Six’ seemed bound for Broadway glory. Then a pandemic shut it down on opening night.," 4 Mar. 2021 Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama also showed up someplace no one had expected: in SAG’s Best Stunt Ensemble category, the kind of unusual nomination that can portend a budding groundswell. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Oscar Futures: After Globe and SAG Noms, the Race Finally Gets Real," 5 Feb. 2021 The Players Alliance was formed following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd last May, and became a groundswell when Jacob Blake was shot by Milwaukee police in August. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Players Alliance shows up in record numbers in Phoenix to help out families in need," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of groundswell

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Groundswell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of groundswell

: a fast increase in the amount of public support for something (such as a political cause or candidate)

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