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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There was a groundswell of support to go after the world championship again.
Scott has loyally supported the school choice movement, but had avoided taking a position on HB 7069, as the issue incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition from parents and teacher groups.
Is there groundswell of wanting to elect an outsider to come in and shake things up?
Yachty is at the center of a groundswell of joyousness in hip-hop.
There was a groundswell of fascination and support in ways that are kind of amazing.
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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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