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verb groom pronunciation in American English /ɡrum/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygroom
he/she/itgrooms
present participlegrooming
past tensegroomed
past participlegroomed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to take care of your appearance by keeping your hair, body, and clothes clean and neat

    Dan spends hours grooming in front of the mirror.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if an animal grooms itself or another animal, it cleans itself or another animal
    2. b.
      [transitive] to clean and brush an animal, especially a horse or a dog
  2. 2
    [transitive] to prepare someone for a particular job or activity by giving them special training and attention

    The 15-year-old schoolgirl is being groomed for stardom.

    1. a.
      if an adult who is sexually attracted to children grooms a young person, they become friendly with them, for example using Internet chat rooms, so that they can meet them and have illegal sex with them
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make snow firm for a path

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