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 The grooves will be thick and the dance floor will be sweaty with sets from Arthur Baker, Buenavista, Charlotte Adigéry, Curses, Djedjotronic, Doppelgang, Heidi, Joost van Bellen, Myd, Paranoid London, Tommie Sunshine and Zubrowka International. Kat Bein, Billboard, "These Are the 30 Best Events Happening at Amsterdam Dance Event 2019," 14 Oct. 2019 Getting Butterfinger’s groove back was a bigger challenge. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Butterfinger gets sales boost as Chicago-born Ferrara Candy revamps former Nestle brands," 22 July 2019 Follow the lead of the dance instructor helping participants get in the groove or follow your own muse as a DJ spins Latin music. BostonGlobe.com, "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 1 July 2018 Truex got back in the groove last week at Dover, finishing fourth, and hopes to return to his winning ways here. Todd Engle, kansascity, "Martin Truex Jr. is right at home in Kansas | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Building off the fall Reading third baseman/first baseman Zach Green took a while to get in the groove last season for good reason. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Cole Irvin among impressive minor-league Phillies pitchers in first week," 12 Apr. 2018 Black Coffee brings the depth out of the R&B icon's performance with a delectable groove that takes no milk, only cream. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Black Coffee & Usher, Riva Starr & More," 13 Sep. 2019 The 677-acre park is located on the northern shores of Kelleys Island, near the glacial grooves. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "10 spots to camp on Lake Erie’s Ohio shores," 10 Sep. 2019 Sip, sup, and groove to the melodies of the Schwarze Schafe German Band and the Old Post Road Octoberfest Band throughout the weekend. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With its tight horns, grooving rhythm sections, and slightly Russian-accented vocals, the band got noticed by the real Chicago, who promoted some of their posts on social media. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Baby, what a big surprise: A Russian band that plays faithful covers of Chicago," 25 July 2019 Celebrities like John Legend and Mary J. Blige were seen grooving along to the performance from their seats in the audience. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Taraji P. Henson Twerks Alongside Regina Hall in Show-Stealing BET Awards Performance," 24 June 2019 Few candid moments—from Kylie Jenner texting, to Camila Cabello grooving along from her seat— were safe from the meme treatment. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Memes From the 2018 MTV VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 Featuring rising drum star Jonathan Pinson and vibraphonist Joel Ross, the pianoless quintet is a sleek and subtly grooving unit. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "10 top acts highlight the 30th San Jose Jazz summer fest," 30 July 2019 Four Tet will perform a DJ set, as will groove queen Honey Dijon, bilingual showstopper Peggy Gou, lo-fi house hero Mall Grab, Swiss tech-house duo Adriatique and so many more. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Modeselektor, Four Tet, Honey Dijon & More Lead Secret Project LA 2019 Lineup," 14 Aug. 2019 Regardless of the situation, the Padres are grooving too many pitches. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Runs after walks; flight delay; Martini arrives; Myers starts," 29 Aug. 2019 Now working out of the stretch, Moronta grooved a 97-mph fastball to Bryant, who did not miss it. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ offense awakens but Cubs outslug SF 12-11 at Wrigley Field," 21 Aug. 2019 Nyong’o even uploaded a video of herself grooving to the song. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Everyone Is Loving Beyoncé's 'Brown Skin Girl' Song — And Blue Ivy's Cameo," 20 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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of groove was in 1659

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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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