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Definition of grit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

grit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡrɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grit
BrE BrE//ɡrɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrɪt//
 
he / she / it grits
BrE BrE//ɡrɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡrɪts//
 
past simple gritted
BrE BrE//ˈɡrɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrɪtɪd//
 
past participle gritted
BrE BrE//ˈɡrɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrɪtɪd//
 
-ing form gritting
BrE BrE//ˈɡrɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrɪtɪŋ//
 
Features of roads
 
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  • (gritting, gritted) grit something to spread grit, salt or sand on a road that is covered with ice See related entries: Features of roads
  • Word Origin Old English grēot ‘sand, gravel’, of Germanic origin; related to German Griess.Idioms
    1. 1to bite your teeth tightly together She gritted her teeth against the pain. ‘Stop it!’ he said through gritted teeth.
    2. 2to be determined to continue to do something in a difficult or unpleasant situation It started to rain harder, but we gritted our teeth and carried on.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grit

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