ground·​ed | \ ˈgrʼun-dəd \

Definition of grounded

: mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious remains grounded despite all the praise and attention

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Synonyms & Antonyms for grounded


aground, beached, stranded



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Examples of grounded in a Sentence

once his boat was grounded, all he could do was wait for the tide to come back in and raise it off the sand bar

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As a story, Ball Lightning is a bit more of a grounded read than The Three-Body Problem. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "From the author of The Three-Body Problem," 15 Sep. 2018 But there's debate on whether such moves as striking a grounded opponent's head should be allowed, especially for inexperienced fighters. Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal, "Should amateur MMA fighters pound opponents in the head while down?," 21 June 2018 By allowing its actors to really dig into their reactions, rather than using quick cuts and jump scares, Hereditary enables the very warped and freaky scenario in the film to feel grounded (and even more scary). Jacob Oller, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Hereditary' Flips Steven Spielberg's Trademark Shot," 10 June 2018 Cruz had been trying to push a grounded boat from a sandbar, WPLG-Ch. Doug Phillips,, "Man critically hurt in boat propeller mishap, reports say," 18 June 2018 Amazon Books has roughly a dozen stores in the country, with more coming soon, but the company has a long way to go before becoming a grounded part of any community — as are thousands of independent bookstores from coast to coast. John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "More than 500 bookstores to take part in Independent Bookstore Day," 26 Apr. 2018 The movie is shot in a realistic, grounded style that makes the unusual characterizations credible and the insane events convincing. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Endless,’ a U.F.O. Cult Is More Than It Seems," 5 Apr. 2018 Being out in the mountains is the one thing that helps me stay grounded and sane. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "So You Charge Harder Than Your Partner," 16 May 2018 As such, the Digital Illusions team discarded the more grounded stylings of contemporaries like Ridge Racer for a more audacious approach. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grounded

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grounded

see ground entry 1

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The first known use of grounded was in 1958

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English Language Learners Definition of grounded

—used to describe a person who is sensible and has a good understanding of what is really important in life

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