Definition of groom in English:

groom

Syllabification: groom
Pronunciation: /gro͞om, gro͝om
 
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verb

[with object]
1Look after the coat of (a horse, dog, or other animal) by brushing and cleaning it: you must be prepared to spend time grooming your dog
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  • Angie began to groom the horse's coat the best she could through the blurry vision that took over her eyesight.
  • Brush or groom your dog at least once a week and use this time to check his body for unusual bumps, lumps or sores.
  • They were grooming a palomino, quiffing up his mane and tying it with a red ribbon.
Synonyms
curry, brush, comb, clean, rub down
1.1(Of an animal) clean the fur or skin of: their main preoccupation is licking and grooming themselves
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  • A few paces away the cat sat grooming himself.
  • But when we put the camera on the lion in Kenya, the lion actually groomed itself and cleaned the camera lens for us.
  • They noted that the mutant mice groomed themselves excessively-to the extent of creating bald spots and skin wounds.
1.2Give a neat and tidy appearance to (someone): (as noun grooming) she pays great attention to makeup, grooming, and clothes
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  • Their hair was always the optimum length and beautifully groomed.
  • With his neat Savile Row pinstripe suit and beautifully groomed hair, he looks more like an English aristocrat than one of the biggest players in the petrochemicals business.
  • In the restaurant this morning, their neat, groomed creator chooses a well-organised breakfast of fruit followed by poached eggs.
Synonyms
brush, comb, arrange, do; tidy, spruce up, smarten up, preen, primp
informal fix
1.3Look after (a lawn, ski slope, or other surface).
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  • Infused with a sense of nostalgic charm, Chapman's caricatures evoke tearooms, groomed lawns, corrugated iron and lamingtons.
  • Waiting hopefully outside on the well - groomed lawn, they were both rewarded by his careful emergence through the back screen door.
  • Snowboarding is banned, but carefully groomed slopes and beginner and intermediate runs over 65 percent of the area offer easy skiing.
2Prepare or train (someone) for a particular purpose or activity: star pupils who are groomed for higher things
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  • They will need to be against an Abbeyside team being groomed for glory on the back of outstanding Under-21 and minor success.
  • After being spotted at a karate competition in 1964, he was groomed for a spin-off from the series.
  • Should the writer ease onto the page, as if he were groomed for it?
Synonyms
prepare, prime, ready, condition, tailor; coach, train, instruct, drill, teach, school
2.1(Of a pedophile) prepare (a child) for a meeting, especially via an Internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offense.

noun

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1A person employed to take care of horses.
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  • The Stakes will include $830 for the groom of the winning horse.
  • Dante and I went back to the stables and the grooms put up our horses.
  • Incidentally, owners tended to employ horsemen or grooms who were on the short side as that made their charges look so much bigger and farmers always liked to see a big stallion.
Synonyms
stable hand, stableman, stable boy, stable girl
historical equerry
2A bridegroom.
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  • The proud groom is a graduate of the University of Texas.
  • The groom is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
  • The groom is a graduate of Barry University; he is a police officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Synonyms
bridegroom; newly married man, newlywed
3British Any of various officials of the royal household.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'boy', later 'man, male servant'): of unknown origin.

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