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1 a harsh grating sound
  • the grind of ice in the blender sent the cat running from the room

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2 a person slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits
  • don't be such a grind—go out with your friends and enjoy yourself

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4 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity
  • the daily grind of a 50-mile commute was getting old

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Synonyms & Antonyms of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make smooth by friction
  • after they are ground and polished, these stones can be used for jewelry

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2 to press or strike against or together so as to make a scraping sound
  • everyone in the car winced when the driver ground the gears trying to shift into second

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3 to make sharp or sharper
  • better grind down that ax before you even think about trying to cut down that tree

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4 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • used the finest polishing paper he could to grind down the facets of the diamond before dusting it with a soft cloth

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5 to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface
  • ground the rock against the stone wall

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6 to reduce to fine particles
  • grind whole coffee beans if you want the freshest coffee

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Frequently Asked Questions About grind

How does the noun grind contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of grind are drudgery, labor, toil, travail, and work. While all these words mean "activity involving effort or exertion," grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.

the grind of the assembly line

When might drudgery be a better fit than grind?

In some situations, the words drudgery and grind are roughly equivalent. However, drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.

an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery

When would labor be a good substitute for grind?

While the synonyms labor and grind are close in meaning, labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.

farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor

When is toil a more appropriate choice than grind?

The words toil and grind are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.

his lot would be years of back-breaking toil

When could travail be used to replace grind?

The synonyms travail and grind are sometimes interchangeable, but travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.

years of travail were lost when the house burned

In what contexts can work take the place of grind?

The meanings of work and grind largely overlap; however, work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.

too tired to do any work

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The first known use of grind was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Grind.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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