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 Recorded when Wright was just 17, the song would be a top 10 hit on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts, and its familiar grooves would be used and reused in the sampling era of future decades. Washington Post, "Grammy-winning 1970s soul singer Betty Wright dies at 66," 10 May 2020 So my dream is sincere songs, songs with good jokes and then absolute nonsense songs with a good bass groove. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Whitmer Thomas on staying creative, funny and sincere during crisis," 8 May 2020 The elastic gives the screwdriver a stronger grip on the screw, making it way easier to turn and get out even if the screw's grooves are well-worn. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Drew Scott Shares a Brilliant Hack for Removing Stripped Screws," 4 May 2020 The young, suave Pin-Jui (played by Hong-Chi Lee) romances his childhood sweetheart, grooves to Otis Redding, and dreams of traveling to the States. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Why Tigertail Is So Resonant During the Pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 Résumé: 25-7; beat North Carolina to win national championship MU found its groove in the postseason thanks to heady point guard Butch Lee and the all-around talents of forward Bo Ellis. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sconnie Madness: An all-time bracket of Wisconsin college basketball teams," 24 Mar. 2020 Whether your holiday season involves gatherings with family and friends for whom fun comes easily — or more fraught festivities where social grooves need some greasing — a good game can come in handy. Jennifer Larue, courant.com, "O, Come, All Ye Playful: Fun games for holiday gatherings," 12 Nov. 2019 Each song on the record is just rich: textured and nuanced, all with an unyielding dedication to the groove. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Dua Lipa’s 10 Best (and Worst) Songs of All Time," 13 Apr. 2020 Then a block over, construction began on the AC Hotel by Marriott and threw off the groove of life immediately around her shop. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "She beat cancer, divorce and construction. Now coronavirus might shutter her NuLu business," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The salon accepted bookings all day long across the 2 days and kept guests grooving to 70s-inspired beats whilst educating them on The Trevor Project’s life-saving services. Tiq Milan, Billboard, "49th Annual Atlanta Pride Celebration Hosts Kesha Performance And More," 17 Oct. 2019 With one out in the home half of the seventh inning, Guidry hung a slider to Guerrero who homered to tie the game and four pitches later, grooved a fastball to Yeager who homered to give us the lead. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Jerry Reuss answers your questions," 7 Apr. 2020 The scene then flashes to the disco era of the 1970s, with Jenner and A$AP Rocky grooving in the backseat of an NYC cab on their way to the club. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Justin & Hailey Bieber, A$AP Rocky, Troye Sivan & More Dance Through the Decades for Calvin Klein 50th Anniversary Campaign," 4 Oct. 2019 Marking her video with the hashtag #iwillsurvivechallenge, the video has prompted others to also wash their hands while grooving to the song. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Gloria Gaynor fights coronavirus by taking her hit song 'I Will Survive' to the sink," 12 Mar. 2020 The Brewers loaded the bases on two walks and a single, and Young grooved a 1-0 fastball that Tyler Saladino blasted to left for a game-tying grand slam. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Pressure mounts as Diamondbacks drop series with wild-card implications to Brewers," 22 July 2019 Buttrey opened the eighth by grooving an 0-and-2 fastball to No. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Slumping Angels run into pitching problems again in loss to Tigers," 29 July 2019 Luckily, wife Priyanka Chopra and the rest of the J-Sisters didn't seem to care. They were seen grooving along to the music in the audience and dutifully clapping when the song wrapped up. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "May We All Be As Graceful As Nick Jonas, Who Had Food In His Teeth At The Grammys," 28 Jan. 2020 Down a touchdown but with all the momentum, Auburn’s players jumped and grooved on the sideline. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Hoping for chaos, a nation feels a frustration Auburn knows too well," 17 Nov. 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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The first known use of groove was in 1659

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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove. Accessed 25 May. 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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