Meaning of gain ground in English:

gain ground

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  • Become more popular or accepted.

    ‘new moral attitudes are gaining ground’
    • ‘Nevertheless, foreign influences upon traditional normative structures in developing countries gained ground with increasing momentum.’
    • ‘At the turn of the century a political and social movement called Progressivism was gaining ground in this country.’
    • ‘But with British newspapers increasingly gaining ground here, that tradition may be changing.’
    • ‘If the progressive agenda is to gain ground we do not have the luxury to be tribal in our approach.’
    • ‘Grass-roots campaigns, such as a move for free prescriptions, have been gaining ground.’
    • ‘Once this perception gains ground then it may not be too long before the consumer spending and borrowing boom returns to previous highs.’
    • ‘It's been on the periphery of society since then, but now it gains ground with the arrival of political parties who spread lies and fear.’
    • ‘Bulgaria is slowly gaining ground on the French tourist market as more travel operators feature the country as a destination in their holiday portfolios.’
    • ‘The popularity of observing a special Mothers' Day, which has been an American vogue for many years, would appear to be gaining ground on this side of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘So the neo-con label might not fit but certainly there are signs in a number of areas of Europe that a more radical approach to foreign policy could gain ground on the left.’
    make headway, make progress, make strides, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along
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