Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

groom - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb groom pronunciation in British English /ɡruːm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrooming
past tensegroomed
past participlegroomed

Related words

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [transitive] to clean and brush an animal, especially a horse or a dog
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if an animal grooms itself or another animal, it cleans itself or another animal
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to look after your appearance by keeping your hair, body, and clothes clean and tidy
  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

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


to teach someone

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play