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verb grope pronunciation in British English /ɡrəʊp/
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present tense
present participlegroping
past tensegroped
past participlegroped

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    grope around

    [intransitive] to search for something inside a container, bag etc by feeling with your hands
    She was groping around in her bag for her keys.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to try to get to a place by feeling the way with your hands
      I groped my way to the door.
  2. 3
    [intransitive] to search for an idea or a way to say or do something without being certain of what you are doing
    grope for/towards: She hesitated, seeming to grope for words.
    I have the feeling that we’re groping towards a compromise.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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