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Definition of snowball verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

snowball

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snowball
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːl//
 
he / she / it snowballs
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːlz//
 
past simple snowballed
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːld//
 
past participle snowballed
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːld//
 
-ing form snowballing
BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] if a problem, a plan, an activity, etc. snowballs, it quickly becomes much bigger, more serious, more important, etc. Opposition to the proposals has snowballed.
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