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Definition of grope verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grope
    he / she / it gropes
    past simple groped
    -ing form groping
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  1. 1[intransitive] grope (around) (for something) to try and find something that you cannot see, by feeling with your hands He groped around in the dark for his other sock. She groped for the railing to steady her as she fell. (figurative) “It's so…, so…” I was groping for the right word to describe it.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to try to reach a place by feeling with your hands because you cannot see clearly grope your way + adv./prep. He groped his way up the stairs in the dark. + adv./prep. She groped through the darkness toward the doors.
  3. 3[transitive] grope somebody (informal) to touch someone sexually, especially when they do not want you to
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