Definition of inroad in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinˌrōd/


1 [usually in plural] (inroads) Progress; an advance: an important way to make inroads in reducing spending
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  • We have started making inroads into making it easier for people to get direct to the doctor and are looking at the way in which phone calls are answered.
  • We offer people a three-month package and by the fourth week most clients are making inroads into getting interviews.
  • I spent a hugely enjoyable couple of hours this evening making inroads into the pile of comics I bought this afternoon.
1.1An instance of something being affected, encroached on, or destroyed by something else: serious inroads had now been made into my pitiful cash reserves
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  • He hopes to bag another 20 seats; he might make inroads into more Labour urban heartlands - Hartlepool, perhaps - but Tory seats are still his prime pickings.
  • Microsoft's blog abbreviation debacle comes as blogging in general and RSS specifically make inroads into more spheres of business and personal life.
  • Any Democratic ticket will need to make inroads into at least one Republican-leaning area, as well as keeping what Gore got in 2000.
2A hostile attack; a raid.
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  • In order to deter landing inroad and passing through the channel by enemy forces, the mining operation is also conducted on the occasion of making minefields on the shore or key channel where enemy landing invasions will be expected.
  • It may also reference a sudden and violent inroad, or entrance of invaders.


Mid 16th century (sense 2): from in + road (from an early use in the sense 'riding').

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Syllabification: in·road

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