inroad

noun
in·​road | \ ˈin-ˌrōd How to pronounce inroad (audio) \

Definition of inroad

1 : a sudden hostile incursion : raid
2 : an advance or penetration often at the expense of someone or something usually used in plural

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Inroad is a combination of in and road, both of which are pretty mundane, as far as words go. But the first-and oldest-meaning of inroad hints at a meaning of road other than the "way for traveling" one. Beginning back in the days of Old English, road referred to an armed hostile incursion made on horseback. (Raid comes from this use of road and also formerly specified incursions on horseback.) Road has lost all of its former violent connotations, and inroad is shedding its as well. While inroads are often made at the expense of someone or something, they are at times simply advances, as when an artist is said to be making inroads into a community.

Examples of inroad in a Sentence

the army is finally making inroads into enemy territory

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China’s state firms dominate industries that U.S. firms want to enter, including telecommunications, energy, banking and insurance, and have made inroads into industries Mr. Xi is staking out as top priorities for the future. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trade Talks Spotlight Role of China’s State-Owned Firms," 26 Jan. 2019 Netflix already has made inroads in the television business. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Opens Eyes in Hollywood as ‘Bird Box’ Soars," 7 Jan. 2019 Those who felt left behind — like those who were left behind — remained steadfast Democrats, even as the Republican Party made major inroads among the upwardly mobile. Larry Bartels, Washington Post, "White people get more conservative when they move up — not down — economically. Here’s the evidence.," 14 May 2018 Even more important are the inroads Mr. Hurd has made in Hispanic areas on the Rio Grande. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Lessons From a Republican Survivor," 4 Jan. 2019 However, the opposition was projected to make spectacular inroads to mayor’s offices in the capital and other prestigious cities. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Poland’s ruling populists see power, appeal checked," 22 Oct. 2018 Next year will see increasing inroads by tech firms, services, and startups seeking to capture and consolidate this fragmented market. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 The surgery led to skyrocketing tips and inroads into the adult-film industry. Amy Chozick, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 In this market, SpaceX has made significant inroads into territory once long dominated by Arianespace and the Russian launch industry. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of inroad

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inroad

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English Language Learners Definition of inroad

used to describe a situation in which someone or something becomes more successful or important often by making someone or something else less successful usually plural usually used with make

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