\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow channel or depression
2a : a fixed routine : rut
b : a situation suited to one's abilities or interests : niche
3 : top form a great talker when he is in the groove
4 : the middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit a fastball right in the groove
5 : an enjoyable or exciting experience
6 : a pronounced enjoyable rhythm


grooved; grooving

Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a groove in
b : to join by a groove
2 : to perfect by repeated practice grooved her golf swing
3 : to throw (a pitch) in the groove

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined or fitted by a groove
2 : to form a groove
3 : to enjoy oneself intensely
4 : to interact harmoniously contemporary minds and rock groove together— Benjamin DeMott

Other Words from groove


groover noun

Synonyms for groove

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of groove in a Sentence

Noun the grooves on a vinyl record The door slides along a groove in the doorframe. He's a great pitcher when he's in a groove. She hasn't yet found her groove. They've gotten stuck in a groove in their jobs. Verb We grooved to the beat. if you groove that piece of wood, we should be able to fit this smaller board into it See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Getting into the groove of running can be a struggle, especially if you’re just getting started. Ali Nolan, SELF, 16 June 2022 Now, people are kind of getting back into the groove of things. Kourtney Pope,, 9 May 2022 This semester, many students had finally gotten into the groove of in-person learning and teaching and finally felt connected to their peers, but in the past two weeks, the variant has begun to tear across campuses. Laura Krantz,, 22 Dec. 2021 Jimin confessed getting back into the groove of performing in person hasn't been easy, but support from ARMY has helped. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 The half hour begins with Lawrence settling into his new life in San Francisco — getting into the groove of his new office and recovering from his breakup with Issa, before his world turns upside down with the ding of a text message. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 Laughter is also a release of tension, whether related to the relief of being able to gather again or to the anxiety over getting back in the groove of socializing. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 5 July 2021 But in 2013, chemical biologist Kevan Shokat of the University of California, San Francisco, found a small molecule that slipped perfectly into a groove of KRAS proteins that had a cancer-promoting mutation called G12C. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 23 June 2021 That means that while McCollum and Nurkic are working their way back into the groove of things, the team is also breaking in a new starter. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This song has a jazzy feel that kids can groove to. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 Your work does has a really good beat and groove to it. Patrick St. Michel, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Show up early to ride the rides, then stay up late to move and groove as DJs spin tunes around the park at the return of this all-ages event. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Kindermusik Move and groove in this music and movement class presented by Royalton Music Center at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. June 10 at the Brunswick Library. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 May 2022 Go ahead and try not to groove to Brown's over-the-top anthem that practically compels you to celebrate, well, living in America. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 2 June 2022 Faced with a 3-0 count in the fifth inning, Orioles right-hander Spenser Watkins tried to groove a 91-mph fastball over the heart of the plate. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Throughout all three nights, attendees can groove along to sets from DJ Rosegold and DJ VRYWVY. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2022 Throughout all three nights, attendees can groove along to sets from DJ Rosegold and DJ VRYWVY. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of groove


1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for groove


Middle English grove pit, cave, from Middle Dutch groeve; akin to Old High German gruoba pit, cave, Old English grafan to dig — more at grave entry 5

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\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Kids Definition of groove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long narrow cut in a surface
2 : routine entry 1 sense 1 … Avonlea school slipped back into its old groove and took up its old interests.— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


grooved; grooving

Kids Definition of groove (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long narrow cut in


\ ˈgrüv How to pronounce groove (audio) \

Medical Definition of groove

: a long narrow depression occurring naturally on the surface of an organism or an anatomical part

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