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 The groundswell of allegations began on May 11, when Brienne Allan, an employee at Notch Brewing in Salem, Mass., asked on Instagram whether other women in the brewing industry had experienced sexist comments. Eliza Fawcett,, 1 June 2021 She was inspired by the groundswell of social justice arts circulating across the U.S. last summer. Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 19 May 2021 All told, there's a groundswell of people living completely open and happy lives where being gay is no longer the obstacle, Rudnick says. David Oliver, USA Today, 25 May 2021 There is a groundswell in Congress, and across the political spectrum, to update policies to meet the needs of families. Mitt Romney, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Right now, despite the groundswell of support for companies like Carmen’s, federal and state policymakers focus on tech companies, aiming to replicate Silicon Valleys. Elizabeth Macbride, Fortune, 2 May 2021 But the journey dates much farther back despite the groundswell of focus on the community 2016 launched. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2021 The company's direct listing was billed as the crypto event of the year — and the groundswell of investor interest is hugely validating for both the crypto economy and the companies that have cropped up to support it. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 The groundswell of support suggests that the Black executives’ clarion call will have an impact in the months ahead, as Republican lawmakers in more than 40 states advance restrictive voting laws. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of groundswell

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2021

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“Groundswell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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