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verb grumble pronunciation in British English /ˈɡrʌmb(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygrumble
he/she/itgrumbles
present participlegrumbling
past tensegrumbled
past participlegrumbled

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to complain, especially continuously and about unimportant things
    grumble about something: Children always grumble about school dinners.
    grumble at: She grumbles at her employees over the slightest thing.
    grumble that: He grumbled that it was Saturday night and he had nothing to do.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to say something in a complaining way
      ‘This house is a mess,’ grumbled his mother.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a low continuous sound
    grumbling subway trains

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