ground·​ed | \ ˈgrau̇n-dəd How to pronounce grounded (audio) \

Definition of grounded

: mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious remains grounded despite all the praise and attention — see also ground entry 2

Examples of grounded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Guzman’s Andrew is more grounded and authentic than DeCarlo’s wacky, ethereal Barrymore, the two actors match each other well in energy, wordplay and swordplay. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 But what pushes The Kids over the top, for me, are the more grounded sketches. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 25 May 2022 The group includes thirsty mess Luke (Matt Rogers); his inseparable bestie, gender fluid queen Keegan (Tomás Matos); and the more grounded, bookish Max (Torian Miller). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Existenz, the latter the director’s last foray into the genre before a two-decade stretch of more grounded but no-less-adventurous features. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 At its best, then, the series only uses the void to imbue its more grounded themes — grief, loneliness, faith, longing — with a palpable eeriness (not in small part thanks to Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans’ off-kilter score). Caroline Framke, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 Marketers will shift their focus from intangible metrics, such as engagement, to more grounded metrics of measurement that reflect consumer buying intent, such as conversion rates. Anil Malhotra, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 The Batman’s great success is knitting all these disparate facets into a coherent story that feels real and grounded and propulsive, despite the nearly three-hour runtime. Amit Katwala, Wired, 4 Mar. 2022 The concept starts off grounded and relatable, with the Mitchell family driving cross-country to drop artsy daughter Katie off at film school. Tara Mcnamara, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grounded

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grounded

see ground entry 1

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The first known use of grounded was in 1958

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7 Jun 2022

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“Grounded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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