groove

noun
\ˈgrüv \

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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Other Words from groove

Verb

groover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for groove

Synonyms: Noun

drill, grind, lockstep, pattern, rote, routine, rut, treadmill

Synonyms: Verb

agree, assort, blend, chime, chime in, conform, consort, coordinate, harmonize

Antonyms: Verb

clash, collide, conflict

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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

Steph Curry got his groove — and his shimmy — back in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday with a 35-point outburst. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Riley Curry, like her dad Steph, had the best Game 3," 21 May 2018 Madonna might have gotten her groove on, but Colbert admitted on Tuesday’s Late Show that the event’s atmosphere was not entirely conducive to partying. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Jimmy Fallon’s Met Gala Was Filled with Hooded Monks and Madonna," 9 May 2018 Soundproof Music: Proto-punk - basic punk structure with a funky groove. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off: Meet the bands," 15 Jan. 2018 Get your groove on for $20 ($17 for Lincoln Park Zoo members). Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 18 May 2017 Purchase treats from Union Square Donuts and Oath Pizza and groove to tunes from local bands Crooked Horse (bluegrass) and Golden Lola (funky covers). Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester Brewing to host second anniversary bash," 12 July 2018 But in his solo work, Smith streamlines things to focus on hypnotically soulful melodies and earthy funky grooves. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz drummer Nate Smith comes into his own as a bandleader with a sleek strain of R&B and funk that showcases his improvisational elasticity," 12 July 2018 But songs increasingly are utilizing catchy melodies and danceable grooves to imagine a better, more equitable world – or to present this world in the kind of positive light that Trump seems willfully to withhold. Mikael Wood, kansascity, "KCK’s Janelle Monae and other pop artists shape the new sound of protest music," 6 July 2018 Above, Foxx shares snaps from inside the party, which saw Tyga perform, Meek Mill pop by, and Lena Waithe groove down while sipping on Golden Goose cocktails by Grey Goose. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside Jamie Foxx’s Lavish BET Awards After-Party," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Taking to Instagram during a car ride (as one does), Ariana snapped a quick clip of herself grooving along to a song. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Went Platinum Blonde," 8 Nov. 2018 At last night’s event honoring the Prada Linea Rossa relaunch, everyone from A$AP Rocky to Sofia Carson grooved out in the brand’s Soho space. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Prada Parties With the Cool Kids for Its Linea Rossa Return," 9 Sep. 2018 Skogland assured the team the canopy could be used for nongame purposes, and Duffy says the machinery would be holding up better had the axles not been grooved. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Miley films a selfie video of them grooving to the music until Liam screams and scares her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Shut Down Breakup Rumors with an Adorable Instagram Video," 19 July 2018 Even with their new approach, DNCE’s signature bass lines remain intact to offer fans something to slowly groove to. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "DNCE Drops Surprise EP 'People to People': Stream," 15 June 2018 Market goers can groove to the stylings of new musical guests each week. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Spruce Street Market Nights Return," 6 June 2018 Sir JoQ, a voguing artist who had just arrived from France, wildly grooved among the tables. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley art patrons celebrate 10 years with Larry Rinder," 29 May 2018 Throughout the night, Cuoco and her pals moved and grooved to a soundtrack of hits by Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Madonna and Kelis. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Dances Up a Storm While Celebrating 'Magical' Bachelorette Party with Mom & Sister," 24 June 2018

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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

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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

: a state in which you are able to do something well and easily especially because you are doing it often

: a dull routine that does not change

groove

verb

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

: to enjoy listening to or dancing to music

groove

noun
\ˈgrüv \

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 \

Medical Definition of groove 

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

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