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verb ground pronunciation in American English /ɡraʊnd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyground
he/she/itgrounds
present participlegrounding
past tensegrounded
past participlegrounded
  1. 1
    [transitive] to stop an airplane from leaving the ground, or to stop people from flying somewhere
    All of their planes have been grounded.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to punish a child or young person by stopping them from going to places that they enjoy
    His parents grounded him for two weeks.
  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if a boat grounds or is grounded, it hits a rock or the ground under the water
  4. 5
    [transitive] [often passive] to base a decision or idea on a particular thing
    be grounded in/on something: Any new policies need to be firmly grounded in careful analysis of the issues.
  5. 6
    [transitive] [often passive] to teach someone the basic parts of a subject
    be grounded in something: Trainees are grounded in the basic skills before they move on to more specialized work.
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