ground·​ed | \ ˈgrau̇n-dəd How to pronounce grounded (audio) \

Definition of grounded

: mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious remains grounded despite all the praise and attention — see also ground entry 2

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The grounded couple now strives to make life as normal for their children as possible. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 Millennials also did this, but iGen’s practical orientation should lead to a more grounded activism that won’t quickly burn out. Nicole Ault, WSJ, "Don’t Trust Anyone Over 21," 22 Aug. 2018 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 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 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

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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