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verb groan pronunciation in British English /ɡrəʊn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegroaning
past tensegroaned
past participlegroaned

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make a long low sound, for example because you are in pain or unhappy
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    1. a.
      if wood, metal, or another material groans, it makes a long low sound as it moves
      The floorboards groaned under the weight of the dancers.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak about something in a way that shows you are unhappy
    ‘Oh no,’ he groaned when he saw who it was.
    The other people in the queue were moaning and groaning.
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    [intransitive] if one thing groans under another, it can only just support or bear it
    groan under/beneath: The system was groaning under an avalanche of applications.
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      British if a table groans with food, there is a lot of food on it
      groan with/under: The long tables were groaning under the weight of fresh fish.
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