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  ( grovels    3rd person present)   ( grovelling    present participle)   ( grovelled    past tense & past participle  )
in AM, use groveling, groveled     
1       verb   If you say that someone grovels, you think they are behaving too respectfully towards another person, for example because they are frightened or because they want something.,   (disapproval)    I don't grovel to anybody...      V to/before n  
Speakers have been shouted down, classes disrupted, teachers made to grovel.      V  
...a letter of grovelling apology.      V-ing  
2       verb   If you grovel, you crawl on the ground, for example in order to find something.  
We grovelled around the club on our knees.      V prep/adv, Also V  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


abase oneself, bootlick     (informal)   bow and scrape, brown-nose     (taboo slang)   cower, crawl, creep, cringe, crouch, demean oneself, fawn, flatter, humble oneself, kiss ass     (taboo slang)   kowtow, lick someone's arse     (taboo slang)   lick someone's boots, pander to, sneak, toady  
   be proud, domineer, face, hold one's head high, intimidate  

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grove, groove, gravel, grooved

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