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

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Because of that fact, there is a groundswell of support from the exoplanet community, Marley says. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Solar System’s Loneliest Planets, Revisited," 22 Aug. 2019 Fangio and Munchak say the small groundswell of coaching talent from the area is due in part to the great coaches that stayed around. Conor Orr,, "Vic Fangio Is Bringing His Hometown Vibes to Denver," 19 Aug. 2019 According to her campaign’s website, Williamson believes that there is a groundswell of people in America who are seeking higher wisdom. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 And this hearing today is their last best hope to build up some sort of groundswell across America to impeach President Trump. NBC News, "Full transcript: Mueller testimony before House Judiciary, Intelligence committees," 25 July 2019 The Kremlin has been tightening control over the Internet as support for President Vladimir Putin declines amid a groundswell of protests against the authorities on issues ranging from elections to trash collection and declining living standards. Ilya Khrennikov,, "Want e-mail in Russia? The Kremlin wants your phone number first," 23 July 2019 The move comes amid a groundswell of public outrage following reports of abuse and a rash of migrant deaths in government custody. Graham Kates, CBS News, "House Oversight Committee seeks documents from for-profit immigrant detention companies," 11 July 2019 Beyond that, the ultimate question is whether Cleveland has the energy and drive to tackle such complex issues, and whether the new design can generate the civic groundswell and political support needed to realize it. Steven Litt,, "Shaker Square plan offers bold solutions, but real work has only begun — Steven Litt," 7 July 2019 These actions, combined with the state’s high taxes, have caused a groundswell of distaste and anger with the administration. John Hirschauer, National Review, "New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Abandons the ‘Millionaires Tax’," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of groundswell

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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