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

     

    groom

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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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. See related entries: Equine sports
  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 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. 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
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘boy’, later ‘man, male servant’): of unknown origin.
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