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 sustainability movement was part of the groundswell. Heather Taylor-singh,, "These BIPOC Fashion Influencers Are All About Sustainability & People Need To Listen," 9 Nov. 2020 The message illustrated the behind-the-scenes coordination that goes into creating the appearance of an online groundswell. Anchorage Daily News, "Online lies and misinformation surge on Election Day," 4 Nov. 2020 The message illustrated the behind-the-scenes coordination that goes into creating the appearance of an online groundswell. Washington Post, "Online lies and misinformation surge on Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 Chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Virtual community, entertainment events starting Oct. 18," 16 Oct. 2020 Indiana is making plans to ensure the band is represented virtually, after a groundswell of support for the university’s Marching Hundred. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football coach Tom Allen expects a normal game atmosphere ... once the game begins," 22 Oct. 2020 Kolesnikova's disappearance removes the last member still active inside Belarus of a trio of female activists behind a groundswell of opposition to Lukashenko. Andrew Higgins, Star Tribune, "Belarus protest leader vanishes amid reports of masked abductors," 7 Sep. 2020 Many who couldn’t attend the march found ways to contribute to the groundswell of energy to challenge racial injustice in the United States. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "'A fractured and traumatized nation' marches on, 57 years later," 29 Aug. 2020 There is a groundswell of people that have gotten involved in this. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Angie Schmitt speaks about ‘Right of Way,’’ her new book about the epidemic of pedestrian deaths in America," 25 Sep. 2020

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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 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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