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 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 The Blaugrana struggled to find their groove With a quarter of an hour down, their only shot on goal had been an easy bouncing header at the ‘keeper by Oscar Mingueza. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, "FC Barcelona Versus Valladolid Result And What We Learned," 5 Apr. 2021 Notre Dame is starting to find its groove, having won nine of its last 11 games following a two-week quarantine in mid-February. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Northern Kentucky High School basketball: Notre Dame rolls Ludlow in 9th Region, 61-16," 26 Mar. 2021 Despite the result, Jeffersonville struggled to score in the beginning and didn't truly find its groove and rhythm until the fourth quarter. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville beats Bedford North Lawrence to win Class 4A sectional title," 7 Mar. 2021 After an up-and-down start to her first season with the Gophers, Sissoko is starting to find her groove. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko turning into a force in Big Ten," 23 Feb. 2021 From the first line, this classic number by George Duke will capture you and your friend’s hearts with an inescapable groove. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s Playlist is Pure Friend Goals," 19 Feb. 2021 Jazz find their groove after applying pressure on both ends, leading to a 116-92 rout. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘Get stops and run’: Aggressive defense, efficient fast break fuel Utah Jazz’s win over Atlanta Hawks," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The legendary Watson is back for the sequel as Murphy donned the heavy prosthetic make-up and plenty of padding to groove again for the movie's big party. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Did you spot them? These are 'Coming 2 America's best throwbacks to the classic comedy (Spoilers!)," 6 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Groove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groove. Accessed 5 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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