ground Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "ground" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

ground

 us   /ɡrɑʊnd/

ground (CRUSH)

past simple and past participle of grind

groundnoun

 us   /ɡrɑʊnd/

ground noun (LAND)

[U] the surface of the earth or of a piece of land: We laid a blanket on the ground for our picnic.

ground noun (AREA OF KNOWLEDGE)

[U] an area of knowledge or experience; a subject: This teacher just keeps going over the same ground again and again.

ground noun (CAUSE)

[C usually pl] a reason, cause, or argument: [+ that clause] He refused to answer on the grounds that he’d promised to keep it secret.

ground noun (WIRE)

[C] a connection between a piece of electrical equipment and the earth, or a wire that makes this connection [C] A ground is also an object that holds a very large number of electron s, and can accept or supply more when there is an electric current.

groundverb [T]

 us   /ɡrɑʊnd/

ground verb [T] (PUNISH)

infml to punish an older child by not allowing the child to go out or be involved in social activities: My parents grounded me for a week.

ground verb [T] (CAUSE)

to have a reason, cause, or argument for your actions or beliefs: His beliefs are grounded in his experience.

ground verb [T] (LAND)

to put or keep on the ground: All flights have been grounded because of the snowstorm.
(Definition of ground from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ground?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ground” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More