groom

noun
\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) , ˈgru̇m How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a person responsible for the feeding, exercising, and stabling of horses
b(1) archaic : manservant
(2) : one of several officers of the English royal household
3 archaic : man, fellow

groom

verb
groomed; grooming; grooms

Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to clean and maintain the appearance of (an animal) especially : to maintain the health and condition of the coat of (a horse, dog, etc.) by brushing, combing, currying, or similar attention
2 : to make neat or attractive an impeccably groomed woman
3 : to get into readiness for a specific objective : prepare was being groomed as a presidential candidate

intransitive verb

: to groom oneself

Synonyms for groom

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of groom in a Sentence

Verb The horses are being groomed for the competition. She spent hours grooming herself. She always seems to be perfectly groomed and neatly dressed. He is being groomed to take over the company.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Duke and Duchess reportedly kept a low profile to keep the spotlight on the bride and groom. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 Injectables can be great for both the bride and the groom. Sydney Wingfield, Glamour, 26 July 2022 Apparently two of the folks in this wedding video (featuring a tiny Rachel wishing the bride and groom well) did not sign the release and thus had to be blurred out. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 26 July 2022 Or the farewell ceremony where the bride and groom depart in a carriage (the Vidaai). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Larry David served as the officiant, and of course roasted both the bride and the groom during his remarks. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 16 June 2022 At the altar, Father Jarmus placed gold crowns on both the bride and groom, who were later draped in cape-like Ethiopian wedding garments called kabas as part of the ceremony. New York Times, 10 June 2022 Lou Del Rio fixed his cuffs while Lenny waited to be tacked up before carrying a groom in an Indian baraat ceremony in Copley Square. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Wednesday’s Oakland Athletics-Blue Jays series finale figures to feature a fun in-game matchup — groom versus wedding officiant. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tech leaders should have a program to identify talent with core traits such as curiosity, a positive attitude and skills in a particular platform and groom them through a growth program that includes learning and peer support. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Predators who find accounts belonging to minors can coerce those minors into sharing photos and videos of themselves and then groom them to start taking and sharing more proactive content over time — often by posing as other minors. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 26 July 2022 Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to recruit, groom and abuse minors. Luke Barr, ABC News, 25 July 2022 Despite the beauty, Aquarama owners love to use their boats, rather than groom them for classic boat shows. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 22 July 2022 To recreate, simply pick out your finest burgundy suit, groom your 'stache and give your hair some volume. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Judge Ritter imposed 18 to 20 years, noting that Jaszek had used his position of public trust as a teacher to groom and target his victim. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 Theoretically, the Buccaneers could groom a player such as Mayfield to take over once the 44-year-old Tom Brady calls it a career. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 According to Purina, the pet food company, cats learn this behavior from their mothers, who lick them to groom them and show affection. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of groom

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom

Noun

Middle English grom

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The first known use of groom was in the 14th century

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“Groom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groom. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for groom

groom

noun
\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Kids Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man who has just been or is about to be married
2 : a person in charge of horses

groom

verb
groomed; grooming

Kids Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make neat and attractive groom a dog
2 : to prepare for a purpose His family is grooming him to take over their business.

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