group·​ing | \ˈgrü-piŋ \

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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The 2018 Blue Book Collection was divided into four sections with each extravagant grouping displayed in separate rooms dedicated to fall, winter, spring, and summer. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West Celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s Newest Collection," 10 Oct. 2018 In other marquee groupings announced Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times in the U.S. Open, are playing together. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods featured in star-studded group for U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 7 June 2018 More than 1,500 lanterns are featured this year in 28 groupings. Bethany Ao,, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from April 29 to May 5," 26 Apr. 2018 Just 16 percent of board members on tech companies in the Russell 3000 — a grouping of the 3,000 biggest publicly traded tech companies in the U.S. — are women, according to June 30 data from Equilar. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "California is officially the first state that will try to require companies like Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to add more women to their boards," 1 Oct. 2018 On June 25th a general strike called by the General Confederation of Labour, the largest trade-union grouping, in protest at the government’s economic policies, brought the country to a standstill. The Economist, "Argentina’s currency crisis is far from over," 5 July 2018 The South Palm Beach County Women's Tennis Association featured eight groupings, with Division 1 being the most competitive. Alex Kushel,, "Boynton Beach women netters shine in south county association play," 30 June 2018 An arresting grouping of bronze torsos, some of them evoking Celtic crosses, transforms one broad pedestal into graveyard. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Giacometti’ Review: Beyond a Retrospective," 19 June 2018 Treating others by social, economic, or political class, even to the point of sorting them into electoral districts by such groupings, only feeds into social fragmentation. The Christian Science Monitor, "The high court’s hint on partisan gerrymandering," 18 June 2018

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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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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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