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Definition of groan verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they groan
    he / she / it groans
    past simple groaned
    -ing form groaning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a long deep sound because you are annoyed, upset, or in pain, or with pleasure synonym moan He lay on the floor groaning. groan with something to groan with pain/pleasure groan at something We all groaned at his terrible jokes. groan about something They were all moaning and groaning (= complaining) about the amount of work they had to do. + speech “It's a complete mess!” she groaned. “Don't move me,” he groaned.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a sound like a person groaning synonym moan The trees creaked and groaned in the wind.
  3. Idioms
    groan under the weight of something (formal)
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    used to say that there is too much of something
    Phrasal Verbsgroan with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: groan

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