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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In addition, one of those Shiite groupings, led by former prime minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, has refused to make common cause with the other Shiite groups. New York Times, "Iraqi Political Alliance Unites a U.S. Friend and Foe," 23 June 2018 Hatcher, Kirshner, drummer Bill Harris, and saxophonist Jake Wark—will reconvene tonight, joined by violinist Johanna Brock, bassist Eli Namay, and guitarist Matt Murphy in a variety of small groupings. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Pianist Matt Piet reinforces his vitality and versatility on City in a Garden," 7 June 2018 Murphy, the mastermind behind the franchise, incorporated Paulson’s real-life phobias into the character — most notably, her fear of groupings of holes. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Sarah Paulson's own fears became the basis for her character's anxieties in 'American Horror Story: Cult'," 31 May 2018 Typically, the Bears removed the inside linebacker opposite Danny Trevathan and sent a defensive back onto the field, but coordinator Vic Fangio had a lot of different personnel groupings for different situations. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: How many rookies will start Week 1? How will the wide receiver depth chart stack up?," 9 May 2018 British diplomats would have had no role in the multitude of decision-making groupings that constitute the inner workings of the EU, and would be unrepresented at ministerial meetings. The Economist, "Britain pulls off a diplomatic coup against Russia at the EU," 23 Mar. 2018 That grouping includes an eight-woman tag match, featuring wrestlers from Ring of Honor's Women of Honor and Japan's Stardom. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "ROH's Best in the World features Dalton Castle, Cody, Marty Scurll, Tenille Dashwood," 28 June 2018 The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Fox News, "Europe isn't US 'vassal,' wants to uphold Iran nuclear deal," 11 May 2018 The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Washington Post, "Kremlin: US move on Iran brings Russia and Europe closer," 11 May 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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