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Definition of grovel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    grovel

     verb
    verb
    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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  1. 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. 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.
 
adjective [only before noun] a groveling letter of apology
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