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 boundary between the grounded ice sheet and its protruding ice shelf will retreat. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 This further cemented the move from a hashtag to a grounded movement with a presence in five northern Nigeria states in the first few months. Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s conservative northern region came to terms with its MeToo movement," 22 July 2019 Through them, the pool’s overwrought metaphors are stripped away to reveal more grounded tensions and revelatory fantasies. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Women Crash the Pool Party," 3 July 2019 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 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 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 Cementing his status as a grounded family man, Mickelson was pictured the next morning at the drive-thru counter of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Augusta. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Fan favorite Phil Mickelson still pushing for grand slam glory," 30 Mar. 2018 The marital pressures faced by Martin and Rosemary, as Martin's musical ambitions come into conflict with his family responsibilities, bring a more grounded dimension to the book. Michael Upchurch,, "'The World of Tomorrow' gyrates with zany energy," 5 Sep. 2017

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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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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 shake or wave menacingly

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