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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Other Words from groove

Verb

groover noun

Synonyms for groove

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

score, scribe, seam

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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

As Ciara held her daughter and bopped her hips from side to side, Future Zahir also got his groove on and showed off his talents by doing the infamous floss dance. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Soul and Style! Ciara Shares Video of Son Future Zahir, 5, Dancing After Losing His First Tooth," 15 July 2019 So why can the bird get its groove on while other pets like cats, dogs and hamsters just stare blankly? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "What This Head-Banging, Body-Rolling Cockatoo Teaches Us About the Evolution of Dance," 11 July 2019 Get your groove on with soul, blues and brass music. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: Explore The Flavors Of New Orleans At These Black-Owned Hot Spots," 2 July 2019 Ancient regulars, neighborhood relics, old-time alcoholics, male and female, sitting across from the new clientele of benny and lude users getting their groove on at the pool tables. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 Following their sessions, Richardson got his groove back and has helped lead Fishers to its first state championship game appearance. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Grant Richardson is the missing piece behind Fishers' run to the state championship game," 13 June 2018 The Twins third baseman seems to have found his groove after struggling for most of June, the result of extra work with hitting coaches at teammate Nelson Cruz. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins: Focus on pitch selection paying off for Miguel Sano," 11 July 2019 McCartney chopped a beat across a snare drum and Davis played a handful of riffs, as the room filled with the sound of a band trying to find a groove. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Bryce Harper, their $330 million investment, started hot, tapered off for several weeks and has found a groove again. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "J.T. Realmuto emerges as rock among Phillies' stars: 'His toughness is already legendary'," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The trays are also grooved, so juices won’t easily spill over. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "These gadgets will keep summer dining safe," 26 June 2019 Iglesias grooved a fastball and Bour hit it way up in the seats in right for his second home run of the night. , Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Raisel Iglesias roughed up in the eighth in 5-1 Cincinnati Reds loss to the Angels," 26 June 2019 That's to say nothing of the entertainment on board, from gambling in the casino to surfing 30,000-gallon simulated waves to grooving out to a Jackson 5 cover band. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Forget the Bahamas. China's Cruises Are Where It's At," 10 June 2019 Benji was visibly grooving on the sound of his own voice, on being the focus of an audience. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 Outside the reserve: tired wheat fields, cracked earth, and a maze of footpaths grooved by cheap plastic shoes. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 The musician is a master at matters of the heart, crooning about the euphoria of new romance backed up with her ethereal melodies and punctuated with beats that will get any listener on their feet grooving. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "LÉON's Dreamy Ballads and Bright Bops Will Give You All the Feels," 26 Apr. 2019 Guests in their finest then grooved on the dance floor; the evening was a celebratory occasion that lasted well into the early hours. Vogue, "David Barton and Susanne Bartsch Host a Star-Studded Toy Drive in Time for the Holidays," 17 Dec. 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
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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