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

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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 Dear Mom: Typically, the maid of honor and other attendants will host a bridal shower, with the mothers of the bride and groom as guests, but this convention is not necessarily set in stone. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 Dear Mom: Typically, the maid of honor and other attendants will host a bridal shower, with the mothers of the bride and groom as guests, but this convention is not necessarily set in stone. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 Dear Mom: Typically, the maid of honor and other attendants will host a bridal shower, with the mothers of the bride and groom as guests, but this convention is not necessarily set in stone. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 5 June 2021 Typically, the maid of honor and other attendants will host a bridal shower, with the mothers of the bride and groom as guests, but this convention is not necessarily set in stone. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Kardashian West wore a form-hugging, backless Givenchy gown and the bride and groom kissed before two towering flower walls. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 The bride and groom appear to have outfoxed the British media with their top-secret nuptials. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 The final image in the pop star's photo dump is a slightly blurry, black-and-white snap featuring the bride and groom embracing and sharing a kiss. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2021 In the video, guests and photographers can be seen crowding around the bride and groom -- most were not wearing masks. CNN, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A few days later, the town sent an employee to groom the space for the Romaine Tenney Memorial Park, a grassy lawn with a pavilion, a memorial plaque and a picnic table, funded with a $30,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. New York Times, 27 May 2021 And it’s not a new issue; streamers have for years leveraged their platform to groom young, impressionable fans. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 The initial goal is to groom Smith as a backup for defensive end Josh Allen, the former Abbeville High School standout who earned Pro Bowl recognition as a rookie in 2019. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 14 May 2021 Suddenly, Charly wanted to groom Dressen through the bars. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 In the semifinals the teams groom dogs based on their favorite decades. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 As for quarterback, the Panthers could look at Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond or Stanford’s Davis Mills in the middle rounds as someone to groom behind Darnold. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Trim yours selectively, one branch at a time, to reshape and groom them. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 That leaves this pick a bit of a mystery, but if Barmore winds up falling to the bottom of the first round, Tampa Bay shouldn’t hesitate to bolster its formidable front-seven and groom a replacement for Suh. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Groom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groom. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for groom

groom

noun

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

groom

verb

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

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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