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

Examples of grounded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oliver Stone gave us good notes on getting the ending more real and grounded and sad, but there wasn’t the power that Spike and Kevin gave Norman. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Long, Strange Journey of Da 5 Bloods," 17 June 2020 Almost two months later, many airlines remain grounded and short of cash, and are racing to cut jobs as the depth of the downturn sinks in. Charlotte Ryan,, "Airbus Set to Reassess Output After Virus Hits Jet Demand," 31 May 2020 Further Reading After nearly $50 billion, NASA’s deep-space plans remain groundedTuesday's test was analogous to the Exploration Flight Test-1 that NASA carried out in 2014, when its Orion spacecraft launched on the Delta IV Heavy rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China’s largest rocket takes flight with its next-generation spacecraft," 5 May 2020 All passenger flights remain grounded, and metro services, schools, hotels and restaurants are shuttered nationwide., "Local officials push back against Mexico reopening," 18 May 2020 The company’s troubled 737 Max airliners remain grounded, and earlier this week, officials said production would be halted in January. Washington Post, "Boeing capsule launches to wrong orbit, skips space station," 20 Dec. 2019 Because, for the foreseeable future, the majority of Americans remain grounded, forced to cancel or postpone their travel plans. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Flights Canceled Due To COVID-19? Here’s What You Need To Know," 10 Apr. 2020 More than 10 months later, nearly 500 MAX jets remain grounded, and orders for thousands more are in limbo. Staff Report, USA TODAY, "What caused two devastating crashes of the 737 MAX airplane?," 5 Feb. 2020 As the Conner family spits fire around her, Louise remains a grounded straight woman. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Against the Odds, 'The Conners' Became Comfort TV," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Grounded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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