grope - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlegroping
past tensegroped
past participlegroped
  1. 1



    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. 2
    [transitive] to touch someone sexually in a rough way, especially someone who does not want to be touched
  3. 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.