- 1groom something to clean or brush an animal to groom a horse/dog/cat The horses are all well fed and groomed. See related entries: Equine sports
- 2groom something (of an animal) to clean the fur or skin of another animal or itself a female ape grooming her mate
- 3to prepare or train somebody for an important job or position groom somebody (for/as something) Our junior employees are being groomed for more senior roles. groom somebody to do something The eldest son is being groomed to take over when his father dies.
- 4 groom somebody (of a person who is sexually attracted to children) to prepare a child for a meeting, especially using an Internet chat room, with the intention of performing an illegal sexual act See related entries: Social networking Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘boy’, later ‘man, male servant’): of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//ɡruːm//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they groom
BrE BrE//ɡruːm//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːm//he / she / it grooms
BrE BrE//ɡruːmz//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːmz//past simple groomed
BrE BrE//ɡruːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːmd//past participle groomed
BrE BrE//ɡruːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːmd//-ing form grooming
BrE BrE//ˈɡruːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡruːmɪŋ//Social networking, Equine sports