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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Further Reading After nearly $50 billion, NASA’s deep-space plans remain groundedNASA has now been developing Orion in various configurations for nearly 15 years and has spent about $16 billion on the program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Tuesday, Orion will fly 55 seconds before violently escaping from its rocket," 1 July 2019 Meanwhile, some airlines that own Max jets have had to cancel large numbers of flights while the planes remain grounded. Washington Post, "New software glitch found in Boeing’s troubled 737 Max jet," 26 June 2019 Until the matter is addressed, 737 Max planes remain grounded worldwide. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Boeing lands $6.3B order for 787 Dreamliner planes as 737 Max remains grounded," 18 June 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 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

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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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