grounded

adjective
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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Police came across the grounded vessel just before noon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boat falls off trailer, owner abandons ship," 6 Sep. 2019 The airline group says carriers have added seats even though Southwest, American and United have canceled thousands of flights while their Boeing 737 Max planes remain grounded. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "Airlines expect to set Labor Day records. If you hate crowded flights, one day looks especially bleak.," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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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grounded

adjective

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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