groundswell

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noun ground·swell \ˈgrau̇nd-ˌswel\

Definition of groundswell

  1. 1 usually ground swell :  a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance

  2. 2 :  a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) a groundswell of support

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First Known Use of groundswell

1786


GROUNDSWELL Defined for English Language Learners

groundswell

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Definition of groundswell for English Language Learners

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

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