- 1[intransitive] grovel (to somebody) (for something) (disapproving) to behave in a very humble way toward someone who is more important than you or who can give you something you want He went groveling to her for forgiveness.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move along the ground on your hands and knees, especially because you are looking for something She was groveling around on the floor, looking for her contact lens.
NAmE//ˈɡrɑvl//, NAmE//ˈɡrʌvl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grovel
he / she / it grovels
past simple groveled ()grovelled
-ing form groveling ()grovelling
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adjective [only before noun] a groveling letter of apology