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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

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