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grope

  
  ( gropes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( groping    present participle)   ( groped    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you gropefor something that you cannot see, you try to find it by moving your hands around in order to feel it.   (=fumble)  
With his left hand he groped for the knob, turned it, and pulled the door open...      V for n  
Bunbury groped in his breast pocket for his wallet.      V adv/prep  
2       verb   If you grope your way to a place, you move there, holding your hands in front of you and feeling the way because you cannot see anything.   (=feel)  
I didn't turn on the light, but groped my way across the room.      V way prep/adv  
3       verb   If you gropefor something, for example the solution to a problem, you try to think of it, when you have no real idea what it could be.  
She groped for a simple word to express a simple idea.      V for n, Also V towards n  
  groping     ( gropings    plural)    n-var  
They continue their groping towards a constitutional settlement.     
4       verb   If one person gropes another, they touch or take hold of them in a rough, sexual way.  
INFORMAL, disapproval   He would try to grope her breasts and put his hand up her skirt.      V n  
      Grope is also a noun., n-count  
She even boasted of having a grope in a cupboard with a 13-year-old.     
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grope

  
  
cast about, feel, finger, fish, flounder, forage, fumble, grabble, scrabble, search  

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groupie, group, grove, grape

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