\ 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


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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Relatives told multiple news outlets in India that the groom, who has not been identified, developed symptoms before the wedding and after traveling to his village in the city of Paliganj. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A groom in India died two days after getting married. Now, about 100 COVID-19 cases are linked to the wedding.," 1 July 2020 Secret recordings have exposed a neo-Nazi militant group with U.S. ties trying to recruit and groom teenagers ready to incite a global race war. Fox News, "Secret recordings of neo-Nazi group founded in US reveal recruitment process for young members," 23 June 2020 Just because a wedding isn't taking place in a traditional setting doesn't mean the bride and groom should abandon wedding traditions that are important to them. Matt Villano, CNN, "Virtual weddings done right by couples undeterred by the pandemic," 22 June 2020 In Gaza, where the groom traditionally pays, weddings can be ruinously expensive. The Economist, "Essential services Covid-19 has stalled the wedding industry," 16 June 2020 With the help of their wedding planner, Victoria Lartey-Williams of Victorious Events NYC, the bride and groom’s white and gold wedding fantasy came to life beautifully. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Ayesha And Steve's Gold And White Wedding Deserves An Award," 17 June 2020 The groom wore the belt buckle his grandfather, Lowell Benjamin, received from years of working at Miller Brewing. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus canceled this couple's wedding until Molson Coors paid for a (socially distant) celebration," 11 June 2020 Like many love stories, though, the bride and groom had to rewrite the romantic script after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan couple lost thousands in deposits, fees for spoiled dream wedding," 4 June 2020 Still, there was another hurdle: Natalia’s mother insisted on a dowry, and since her finances were in disarray, the groom would have to provide it. The Economist, "A quarantine rhapsody For Alexander Pushkin, lockdown was liberating," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mentors help groom the diverse lawyer professionally and integrate them into the firm culture. Fortune, "Effective strategies for finding—and retaining—talented nonwhite and female lawyers: A black partner’s perspective," 12 June 2020 Bickerstaff, in conjunction with the Coaches’ Association and Players’ Association, is trying to help groom the next wave of coaches. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers using NBA’s slight as added motivation, believe playoffs are realistic expectation," 9 June 2020 Texas was grooming a new coach in Neil Graham, who took over in December when Derek Laxdal was promoted to the NHL after Jim Montgomery was fired. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Canceling the AHL’s season wasn’t a surprise, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow," 11 May 2020 Some newspapers began calling the perpetrator the Babysitter Killer after it was reported the children were found washed and groomed, their clothes meticulously put back on (one even with her backpack). Megan Abbott, New York Times, "‘The Streets Look So Empty’: How a Child Killer Haunted My First Novel," 1 May 2020 These animals don't need to be fed, groomed, or walked! Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Can't Have Pets? This Animal Decor Is What Your Home Needs," 22 Apr. 2020 Victims said at trial that Sandusky subjected them to a range of abuse, from grooming to violent attacks. CBS News, "Jerry Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years on child sex abuse charges," 22 Nov. 2019 Veteran Tyrod Taylor is expected to start at the position in Week 1, but the former Oregon Ducks’ star is slowly being groomed to take over. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert being compared to a former No. 1 draft pick," 18 May 2020 Kim Yo-jong is believed to have been groomed for a leadership position by her aunt Kim Kyong-hui, who occupied the same role Kim Yo-jong held during the rule of her own brother, Kim Jong-il. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Is Kim Yo-Jong & Could She Be North Korea’s First Woman Leader?," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of groom


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom


Middle English grom

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4 Jul 2020

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“Groom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man who has just married or is about to be married
: a person who takes care of horses



English Language Learners Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean and care for (an animal)
: to make (someone) neat and attractive
: to make (something) neat, smooth, or attractive


\ 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


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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