Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “grind”

grind

verb  /ɡrɑɪnd/ us  

grind verb (CRUSH)

[T] (past tense and past participle ground  /ɡrɑʊnd/) to crush a substance between hard, moving surfaces into small pieces or a powder: Every morning I go to the kitchen and grind some coffee. Add a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.

grind verb (RUB)

[T] (past tense and past participle ground  /ɡrɑʊnd/) to rub an object against a hard surface in order to make it sharper, thinner, or smoother: Laborers grind and shape steel bars into decorative fences. [T] (past tense and past participle ground  /ɡrɑʊnd/) If you grind two sets of objects, you press and rub them together in a way that makes an unpleasant noise: Ursula grinds her teeth at night.

grind

noun [U]  /ɡrɑɪnd/ infml us  

grind noun [U] (ACTIVITY)

difficult or unpleasant activity that is tiring or repeated too often: Karen came to the hotel for a rest from the daily grind.
(Definition of grind from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of grind?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Work, working and the workplace, but you might be interested in these topics from the Working topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “grind” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More