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American English: /ˈɡrɑvəl/
, /ˈɡrəvəl/
British English: /ˈɡrɒv(ə)l/
, /ˈɡrʌv(ə)l/

Translation of grovel in Spanish:

intransitive verb (British English) -ll-

  • humillarse
    to grovel for mercy
    implorar piedad
    to grovel before somebody o at somebody's feet
    prosternarse ante alguien or a los pies de alguien
    you'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increase
    tendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumento
    Example sentences
    • Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.
    • In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
    • Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.


  • [colloquial]he's in the boss's office having a good grovel
    está en la oficina del jefe, pidiendo perdón de rodillas [colloquial]
    I'm very sorry, grovel, grovel [humorous]
    mil perdones, su señoría [humorous]
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