groove

1 of 2

noun

1
: a long narrow channel or depression
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

grooved; grooving

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
groover noun

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Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Celebrity chef Chris Cosentino's Rosalie Italian Soul may have had a rocky start since opening in 2019, with disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the restaurant is back in the groove of things and participating in HRW for the first time. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 18 July 2022 Back in the groove at CyberArk Count CyberArk chief executive Udi Mokady is among the businesspeople who are excited to be back in person again. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 Oklahoma sputtered early, and with Dougherty in a groove with his fastball and slider, the Rebels were able to seize momentum early. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 26 June 2022 The 6-foot-5 freshman out of Carmel High School in the Indianapolis area knows how to play, Davenport said, and knows how to stay in the groove on the court. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 16 June 2022 One had already been covered with dirt, but the other was exposed, with more than 30 body bags piled haphazardly in the groove. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2022 One had already been covered with dirt, but the other was exposed, with more than 30 body bags piled haphazardly in the groove. Nabih Bulos, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 Ally Shipman then singled and Jenna Lord was hit by a pitch to suddenly have Alabama in a groove. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 20 May 2022 Quarterback Drew Powell has been back in the groove after a five-turnover game in the win at Frisco. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2022
Verb
The incomparably savvy star, whose full name is Montero Hill, launched onto the stage halfway through his set Sunday to groove to Beyoncé. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Just be ready to move, groove, and fall in love with all the throwbacks and new school sounds of his R&B hits. Noel Cody, Essence, 30 June 2022 This song has a jazzy feel that kids can groove to. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 Your work does has a really good beat and groove to it. Patrick St. Michel, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Show up early to ride the rides, then stay up late to move and groove as DJs spin tunes around the park at the return of this all-ages event. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Kindermusik Move and groove in this music and movement class presented by Royalton Music Center at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. June 10 at the Brunswick Library. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 May 2022 Go ahead and try not to groove to Brown's over-the-top anthem that practically compels you to celebrate, well, living in America. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 2 June 2022 Faced with a 3-0 count in the fifth inning, Orioles right-hander Spenser Watkins tried to groove a 91-mph fastball over the heart of the plate. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of groove was in 1659

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Cite this Entry

“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

groove 1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

verb

grooved; grooving
: to make a long narrow cut in

Medical Definition

groove

noun

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

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