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

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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 Walker has yet to arrive in Phoenix from overseas, and Hartley is still making her way back from her late-season ACL tear last summer, but Taurasi and Nurse are finding their groove on the court. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Former UConn women’s basketball stars set lofty goals for 2021 WNBA season," 29 Apr. 2021 Steinman, however, was finding his groove as a songwriter and began a steady career as a pop hitmaker for other artists, from the Sisters of Mercy to Céline Dion. Bill Wyman, Vulture, "Jim Steinman, Master of Excess," 27 Apr. 2021 LeVert is finding his groove with the Pacers after missing significant time when a post-trade medical examination revealed a mass on his kidney. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Confident Caris LeVert shows why Pacers teammates trust him down the stretch," 14 Apr. 2021 That brought up the seven-day average to 3 million does, also a first, showing how well the vaccination effort is finding its groove. Alan Murray, Fortune, "On Bill Gates’s “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”," 5 Apr. 2021 Most of the ceilings in the house are pine tongue-and-groove beadboard, which was a popular product for walls and ceilings in these older homes, according to Ben. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "150-year-old Fredericksburg ranch house transformed into a chic Airbnb by year-long renovation," 25 Mar. 2021 Shackelford was 2-for-13 from the perimeter in the previous three games before finding his groove Tuesday. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama shooter goes off as shorthanded Tide blows out ETSU," 23 Dec. 2020 White is starting to find his groove just in time to help the Spurs’ playoff push. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White enjoying best month of career year," 24 Apr. 2021 Even the 22-year-old, who has grabbed the attention of the baseball world, couldn't find his groove against Plesac. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' relievers defeated, 4-1, by Cleveland's Zach Plesac, Franmil Reyes," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Watch and listen to Joe Kye on Oregonian Live Music," 22 Apr. 2021 On a normal Oscar night, a film like News of the World would become its own little subplot, with four nominations offering four distinct chances for viewers to groove onto Tom Hanks' mournful history beard. Darren Franich, EW.com, "What a weird Oscars: Review," 26 Apr. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Watch and listen to Joe Kye on Oregonian Live Music," 22 Apr. 2021 Book a firepit for two hours at South Hamilton’s Appleton Farms and make s’mores (and buy baked treats onsite); groove to live kids’ music at Hingham’s Weir River Farm; go on an egg hunt at Beverly’s Long Hill; and more. BostonGlobe.com, "15 last-minute ideas for things to do with kids during April school vacation," 8 Apr. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Tune into Oregonian Live Music next week to hear Jeffery Martin," 2 Apr. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Tune in for The Oregonian’s live music show with Gregory Rawlins next week," 22 Mar. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Tune in to The Oregonian’s live music show with Anna Tivel on Monday," 11 Mar. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, "Tune in to The Oregonian’s live music with Moorea Masa show Tuesday," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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groove

noun

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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