• To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
  • To punish, especially a child or teenager, by forcing them to stay at home and/or give up certain privileges.
  • To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
  • To give a basic education in a particular subject; to instruct in elements or first principles.
  • To hit a ground ball. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
  • To place something on the ground.
  • To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed.
  • To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly.
  • To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching, or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament.
  • To improve or focus the mental or emotional state of.
  • Past of grind


  • Crushed, or reduced to small particles.
  • Processed by grinding.


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  • From Middle English grounde, from Old English grund, from Proto-Germanic *grunduz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr̥mtu-. Cognate with West Frisian grûn, Dutch grond and German Grund. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian grundë.
  • Inflected form of grind. See also milled.

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