American English

Definition of grind verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grind
    he / she / it grinds
    past simple ground
    -ing form grinding
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  1. 1[transitive] grind something (up) grind something (to/into something) to break or crush something into very small pieces between two hard surfaces or using a special machine to grind coffee/corn The animal has teeth that grind its food into a pulp. see also ground (4)
  2. 2[transitive] grind something to produce something such as flour by crushing The flour is ground using traditional methods.
  3. 3[transitive] grind something to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces using a special machine (called a meat grinder ) ground beef compare mince, hamburger
  4. make sharp/smooth
  5. 4[transitive] grind something to make something sharp or smooth by rubbing it against a hard surface a special stone for grinding knives
  6. press into surface
  7. 5[transitive] to press or rub something into a surface grind something into something He ground his cigarette into the ashtray. grind something in The dirt on her hands was ground in.
  8. rub together
  9. 6[intransitive, transitive] to rub together, or to make hard objects rub together, often producing an unpleasant noise grind (together) Parts of the machine were grinding together noisily. grind something (together) She grinds her teeth while she's sleeping. He ground the gears on the car.
  10. machine
  11. 7[transitive] grind something to turn the handle of a machine that grinds something to grind a pepper mill
  12. Idioms
    bring something to a grinding halt
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    to make something gradually go slower until it stops completely Roadwork brought traffic to a grinding halt.
    grind to a halt, come to a grinding halt
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    to go slower gradually and then stop completely Production ground to a halt during the strike. Her career ground to a halt when the twins were born.
    have an ax to grind
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    to have private reasons for being involved in something or for arguing for a particular cause She had no ax to grind and was only acting out of concern for their safety. These criticisms are commonly voiced by those who have some political ax to grind.
    Phrasal Verbsgrind somebodydowngrind ongrind somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grind