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

     

    grope

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grope
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊp//
     
    he / she / it gropes
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊps//
     
    past simple groped
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊpt//
     
    past participle groped
    BrE BrE//ɡrəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡroʊpt//
     
    -ing form groping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrəʊpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡroʊpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] grope (around)(for something) to try and find something that you cannot see, by feeling with your hands He groped around in the dark for his other sock. She groped for the railing to steady her as she fell. (figurative) ‘It’s so…, so…’ I was groping for the right word to describe it.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to try and reach a place by feeling with your hands because you cannot see clearly grope your way + adv./prep. He groped his way up the staircase in the dark. + adv./prep. She groped through the darkness towards the doors.
  3. 3[transitive] grope somebody (informal) to touch somebody sexually, especially when they do not want you to
  4. Word Origin Old English grāpian, of West Germanic origin; related to gripe.Extra examples She groped blindly for the door handle. ‘It’s so… so…’ I was groping for the right word to describe it. I groped for the light switch. She described how he had groped her whenever they were alone. She groped for the railing to steady herself as she fell.
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