in|road [ˈınrəud US -roud] n [usually plural]
make inroads into/on sth
a) to have an important effect or influence on something, especially by taking something away from it
Video is making huge inroads into attendance figures at movie theaters (=taking away its customers) .
They have made significant inroads into the European market.
The administrative workload is making massive inroads into our working day (=taking away time) .
b) to make some progress towards achieving something difficult
We haven't made much of an inroad into the backlog of work.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Inroad — In*road ([i^]n*r[=o]d ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inroaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inroading}.] To make an inroad into; to invade. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The Saracens . . . conquered Spain, inroaded Aquitaine. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inroad — UK US /ˈɪnrəʊd/ noun [C] ► something that has a noticeable and positive effect on something you are trying to achieve: »The deal marks the first major inroad into the country s domestic market. ● make inroads in/into sth Cf. make inroads into sth …   Financial and business terms

  • Inroad — In road ([i^]n r[=o]d ), n. The entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; a sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment. [1913 Webster] The loss of Shrewsbury exposed all North Wales to the daily inroads of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inroad — I noun access, advancement, aggression, assault, attack, charge, consumption, damage, detriment, entrance, havoc, impairment, incursion, infiltration, inflow, infraction, infringement, ingress, interference, interloping, intervention, invasion,… …   Law dictionary

  • inroad — 1540s, hostile incursion, raid, foray, from IN (Cf. in ) (2) in; second element is road in the obsolete sense of riding; related to RAID (Cf. raid). Related: Inroads …   Etymology dictionary

  • inroad — *invasion, incursion, raid Analogous words: intrusion, butting in (see corresponding verbs at INTRUDE): encroachment, entrenchment, infringement, trespassing or trespass (see corresponding verbs at TRESPASS): *entrance, entry, ingress …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inroad — [n] advance, foray encroachment, impingement, incursion, intrusion, invasion, irruption, onslaught, raid, trespass; concepts 86,704 …   New thesaurus

  • inroad — ► NOUN 1) an instance of something being encroached or intruded upon. 2) a hostile attack …   English terms dictionary

  • inroad — [in′rōd΄] n. [ IN 1 + ROAD (in obs. sense of “riding”)] 1. a sudden invasion or raid 2. any advance; esp., an intrusion or encroachment usually used in pl …   English World dictionary

  • inroad — /ˈɪnroʊd / (say inrohd) noun 1. (usually plural) forcible or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings. 2. a hostile or predatory incursion; a raid; a foray: *This would be a small but significant inroad into the patrilineal system and would… …  

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