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

     

    ground

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊnd//
     
    see also grindVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ground
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊnd//
     
    he / she / it grounds
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊndz//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ɡraʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊndz//
     
    past simple grounded
    BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    past participle grounded
    BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪd//
     
    -ing form grounding
    BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊndɪŋ//
     
    Raising children, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] ground (something) when a boat grounds or something grounds it, it touches the bottom of the sea and is unable to move The fishing boat had been grounded on rocks off the coast of Cornwall. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  2. aircraft
  3. 2[transitive, often passive] ground something to prevent an aircraft from taking off The balloon was grounded by strong winds. All planes out of Heathrow have been grounded by the strikes.
  4. child
  5. 3[transitive, usually passive] ground somebody to punish a child or young person by not allowing them to go out with their friends for a period of time You're grounded for a week! See related entries: Raising children
  6. electricity
  7. 4(North American English) (British English earth) [transitive, usually passive] ground something to make electrical equipment safe by connecting it to the ground with a wire
  8. see also grounded, grounding
    Word Originverb Old English grund, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grond and German Grund.
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