Definition of grounded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡroundid/


1Well balanced and sensible: the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded
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  • The poems are center-justified, which gives a grounded, balanced feeling to the text.
  • All three stories are engaging, but the grounded reality of the latter stories overwhelms the folk tale, leaving it feeling like a tacked on intellectual conceit.
  • A relatively small group of geographers have managed to develop original theoretical insights from their grounded studies of the Asian experience.
2(Of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying: you don’t taunt a grounded flier, especially after he’s had a few beers
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  • The grounded aircraft which costs around £300,000 a year to run relies entirely on public donations and operates on a month-by-month basis.
  • A security alert was sparked at Glasgow airport yesterday after a grounded aircraft was set on fire.
  • The Luftwaffe would have all of their fighters in the air early for the purpose of strafing Allied airfields and destroying all grounded aircraft.
2.1 informal (Of a child being punished) not allowed to participate in social or recreational activities: the problem is, I’ve got more grounded friends than available friends
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  • They figured it out about 4 years ago when they were both grounded.

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Syllabification: ground·ed

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