groove

noun
\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow channel or depression
2a : a fixed routine : rut
b : a situation suited to one's abilities or interests : niche
3 : top form a great talker when he is in the groove
4 : the middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit a fastball right in the groove
5 : an enjoyable or exciting experience
6 : a pronounced enjoyable rhythm

groove

verb
grooved; grooving

Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a groove in
b : to join by a groove
2 : to perfect by repeated practice grooved her golf swing
3 : to throw (a pitch) in the groove

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined or fitted by a groove
2 : to form a groove
3 : to enjoy oneself intensely
4 : to interact harmoniously contemporary minds and rock groove together— Benjamin DeMott

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Verb

groover noun

Synonyms for groove

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of groove in a Sentence

Noun the grooves on a vinyl record The door slides along a groove in the doorframe. He's a great pitcher when he's in a groove. She hasn't yet found her groove. They've gotten stuck in a groove in their jobs. Verb We grooved to the beat. if you groove that piece of wood, we should be able to fit this smaller board into it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another encouraging sign was that Morgan State owned a 14-7 lead in the first quarter against Army before the latter discovered its groove. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Morgan State football’s Tyrone Wheatley works to change team’s culture, mindset out of the gate," 27 Sep. 2019 This is the perfect match-up for TE O.J. Howard (TB) to get his groove back. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 3: Start and Sit," 19 Sep. 2019 Nonetheless, beyond the showers of adulation for the big record, Brees heads into Sunday’s game at Tennessee in a serious groove. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees’ groove goes far beyond another NFL record," 21 Dec. 2019 Down by as many as 17 points after a no-show of a first half, Notre Dame found a groove and looked to have figured out a way to steal one Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which has become its House of Horrors. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Another bankrupt day for Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse," 21 Dec. 2019 As her organic, electric grooves gained international traction, the artist born Marea Stamper capitalized on her growing profile as an advocacy platform instead of a paycheck. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 In their study, the researchers calculate that these forces should have cracked additional grooves on either side, roughly 35 kilometers from the original one. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "How Enceladus got its water-spewing tiger stripes," 13 Nov. 2019 Having been a killer in the first film and a protector in the second, he is now steered into a wholly novel groove. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "End Times in “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Marriage Story”," 1 Nov. 2019 Inside, the lengthy bar top had ample notches, scrapes and grooves from years of patronage. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s oldest black-owned bar, Sam Jordan’s, will close Nov. 2," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Despite the song telling the tale of loneliness, the two seemed to have a great time performing together, laughing and grooving along to the infectious beat. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lauv & Anne-Marie Team Up for 'Lonely' Performance on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers': Watch," 4 Oct. 2019 The remaining work on the bridges includes grinding and grooving the bridges and completing the installation of lighting. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "I-59/20 bridges could open by Jan. 21," 19 Dec. 2019 Judges, lawyers and preachers grooved beside black, Latino and white patrons. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Legendary blues guitarist Curley Mays thrilled crowds in San Antonio and hot spots across the country," 16 Dec. 2019 This is one set that is pretty much guaranteed to get people moving and grooving into the early evening. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "One can’t-miss band for every day at The Big E," 3 Sep. 2019 Workers will be grooving, essentially preparing the road, and striping, or painting lane markings. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis traffic: Watch out for construction on interstates this weekend," 6 Dec. 2019 Verlander grooved a fastball and Suzuki sent it to the Crawford Boxes. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Nationals trounce Astros in miserable World Series performance," 23 Oct. 2019 Tigers' starter Daniel Norris grooved Soler a 2-2 fastball in the third inning and the Royals' slugger didn't miss. Kollin Miller, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose at Kansas City after walk-off ends seesaw battle, 6-5," 4 Sep. 2019 Punting to Grange is like grooving a pitch to Babe Ruth. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 34, Paddy Driscoll," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of groove

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for groove

Noun

Middle English grove pit, cave, from Middle Dutch groeve; akin to Old High German gruoba pit, cave, Old English grafan to dig — more at grave entry 5

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Time Traveler for groove

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The first known use of groove was in 1659

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groove.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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groove

noun
How to pronounce groove (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow cut or low area in a surface
US : a state in which you are able to do something well and easily especially because you are doing it often
chiefly British : a dull routine that does not change

groove

verb

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

informal + old-fashioned : to enjoy listening to or dancing to music

groove

noun
\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Kids Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow cut in a surface
2 : routine entry 1 sense 1 … Avonlea school slipped back into its old groove and took up its old interests.— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

groove

verb
grooved; grooving

Kids Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long narrow cut in

groove

noun
\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Medical Definition of groove

: a long narrow depression occurring naturally on the surface of an organism or an anatomical part

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