group·​ing | \ ˈgrü-piŋ How to pronounce grouping (audio) \

Definition of grouping

1 : the act or process of combining in groups
2 : a set of objects combined in a group a furniture grouping

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Examples of grouping in a Sentence

They arranged the furniture in a grouping around the fireplace. the grouping of English with other Germanic languages

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Trump is said to have pared his options for replacing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy down to four prospective justices, and Hardiman was a late addition to the grouping last week. Maggie Haberman,, "Trump giving a fresh look to Hardiman for Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 Gasoline makes up about 4 percent of household budgets, though that differs according to income grouping. Joel Naroff,, "Energy price surge will slow down economic expansion | Joel Naroff," 18 May 2018 Or perhaps the political polarization of the times trickling over into gastronomic groupings. Sophie Egan,, "Paleo, keto, fasting, Whole30: Why food tribes are on the rise," 17 May 2018 Sailors and Marines hiked in about three miles along the Woodlands Trail to a grouping of 10 cement structures used for ammunition storage during World War II. Sara Sneath,, "Visiting Navy, Marines help restore World War II ammunition depots in Belle Chasse," 25 Apr. 2018 But people weren’t able to sort the markings into the correct groupings by place, and weren’t able to distinguish signs from each other. Michael Erard, Science | AAAS, "Is this 100,000-year-old hashtag the first human symbol—or just a pretty decoration?," 20 Apr. 2018 Now, Berlusconi, who declined a request for an interview, has ushered his Forza Italia party into a grouping with two other right-wing parties in a bid to see an ally installed as premier. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Italy’s Berlusconi looks set to return as a kingmaker after years in political limbo," 24 Feb. 2018 At first glance, the groupings and shots seem to reveal a glimpse of characters preparing in different ways for battle. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Says Podrick's Song Predicts Arya's Death," 23 Apr. 2019 Matt Patricia did a lot with safety-heavy groupings in New England. Andy Benoit,, "NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of Every Second- and Third-Round Pick," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grouping

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grouping

: a set of people or things combined in a group
: the act or process of combining people or things into groups

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