Definition of inroad in English:



  • 1usually inroadsProgress; an advance.

    ‘an important way to make inroads in reducing spending’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding the difficult working conditions, a major inroad was made.’
    • ‘It's only a small way but even so, it is an important inroad.’
    • ‘He laid out a very specific structure, and that was the inroad, to me, to explore those things and then get more into detail in terms of harmony and so on.’
    • ‘It gives the Bahamas added revenue and a small inroad in biotechnology.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prospect of cashing in on the huge émigré market is one reason many Irish retailers are making a concerted effort to make inroads into e-commerce.’
      • ‘As women continue to make inroads into previously male-dominated areas, a trio of men have shown it can work both ways.’
      • ‘This Montreal-based band has a cult following in Canada and is just beginning to make inroads into the British jazz scene.’
      • ‘He died before he could realize his aim of conquering the Chinese Empire to the South, but his descendants made inroads on China's spheres of influence, conquering Korea in 1637.’
      • ‘Travel cards, for instance, are projected to make inroads into the $30 billion traveler check market.’
      • ‘The campaign was successful and now Coke is making inroads into what was once a market void.’
      • ‘With passage of time, dry flowers are slowly making inroads into the fresh-flower market, to occupy a prime slot in homes and offices.’
      • ‘By making inroads in urban communities, Republicans could offset Democratic suburban gains and maintain electoral competitiveness.’
      • ‘An exclusive Scottish opinion poll conducted for Scotland on Sunday suggests the SNP is failing to make inroads in the key constituencies it must seize to win power, and it may even lose a seat to Labour.’
      • ‘Behind the scenes, though, the life assurance, banking and fund management giant is making inroads into China, Hong Kong and India, and consolidating its market-leading positions in its chosen UK markets.’
      • ‘M & M is also making inroads into the European market, even as it signed a deal with Italy-based Eurasia Motors to assemble the vehicles and distribute them in that country.’
      • ‘A Marine being spokesman said the U.S. forces are making inroads into the city, the same spokesman adding, the Marines are winning every firefight they engage in.’
      • ‘Some York bands are already making inroads into the industry.’
      • ‘The company is now at a crucial stage in its development as it focuses on the European market and making inroads into its vending machine sector.’
      • ‘While British timber is making inroads into the European market, there is still plenty coming in the opposite direction.’
      • ‘Recently, online activism has been making inroads into the lives of mainstream Internet users.’
      occupy, conquer, capture, seize, take, take over, annex, win, gain, secure
  • 2A hostile attack; a raid.

    ‘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.’
    charge, sortie, foray, thrust, drive, offensive, attack, raid, assault, descent, blitz, incursion, invasion, onset, inroad, onslaught, rush, onrush



/ˈinˌrōd/ /ˈɪnˌroʊd/


Mid 16th century (in inroad (sense 2 of the noun)): from in+ road (from an early use in the sense ‘riding’).