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verb grind pronunciation in British English /ɡraɪnd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrinding
past tenseground
past participleground
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  1. 1



    grind up

    [transitive] to break something into very small pieces or powder, by using a machine or by crushing it between two hard surfaces
    The mill was used for grinding corn until the 17th century.
    freshly ground black pepper
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to press something down onto a surface using a lot of force
    She ground a half-smoked cigarette into the ashtray.
  3. 4
    [intransitive] if a machine or vehicle grinds, it moves or works slowly, noisily, and with difficulty
    A truck came grinding up the hill.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if parts of a machine grind, or if someone grinds them, they rub together and make an unpleasant noise
      the sound of grinding gears


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