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Definition of groom verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they groom
    he / she / it grooms
    past simple groomed
    -ing form grooming
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  1. 1groom something to clean or brush an animal to groom a horse/dog/cat The horses are all well fed and groomed.
  2. 2groom something (of an animal) to clean the fur or skin of another animal or itself a female ape grooming her mate
  3. 3to prepare or train someone 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. 4groom 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
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