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
Recent Examples on the Web The main event was a fashion show of Smith’s fall/winter line, first introduced in November of 2019, but which takes a different tone in the streets of downtown Dallas, as part of a larger grouping of protest events throughout the world. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, "Artists made a Black Lives Matter statement with music, fashion and 3D projections at Dallas’ JFK Memorial," 17 June 2020 Implicit biases are a symptom of grouping, which is something our brains start doing shortly after we’re born. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Can implicit bias training help cops overcome racism?," 16 June 2020 Team Telecom—the informal grouping of the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense—evaluates national security and law enforcement concerns about telecom carriers and makes recommendations to the FCC. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report," 9 June 2020 According to data from April 20, 101,664 cases were reported in the second grouping of states compared to — 97,150 in the image — with 3,827 deaths, which is 1,201 higher than in the image. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Comparison of COVID-19 case data based on state politics is wrong," 5 June 2020 Thomas is the only player of the grouping to win an NBA championship, winning back-to-back titles with the Bad Boys in 1989-90, and was named 1990 Finals MVP in the 4-1 series win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Isiah Thomas, 2 other Detroit Pistons stars make NBA all-time rank. See where they landed," 18 May 2020 New Jersey has also been more strict than most other states, permitting only two golfers to tee off at a time instead of the typical groupings of four golfers, excluding immediate family. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "As Golf Courses Reopen, New Players Take Up the Long Walk," 7 May 2020 Making sense of strange groupings of words requires an agile form of listening—one that can bridge ambiguity and keep pace with a poet’s linguistic leaps. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The best way to start your work day: Read a poem," 13 Feb. 2020 Rock formations that offer protection are often composed of boulder groupings that block the wind, or boulders that are jumbled by geological activity or piled up by glaciers. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your Life," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of grouping

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grouping was in 1704

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23 Jun 2020

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“Grouping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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