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verb ground pronunciation in British English /ɡraʊnd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrounding
past tensegrounded
past participlegrounded
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to stop a plane from leaving the ground, or to stop people from flying somewhere

    All of their planes have been grounded.

  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 for smoking.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a boat grounds or is grounded, it hits a rock or the ground under the water
  4. 4
    [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. 5
    [transitive] [often passive] to teach someone the basic parts of a subject
    be grounded in something:

    Trainees are grounded in the basic skills.

  6. 7
    [transitive] mainly journalism in sport, to put or hit the ball into the ground, or to make it roll along the ground


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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