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English definition of “grovel”

grovel

verb [I]  /ˈɡrɑv·əl, ˈɡrʌv·əl/ us  
to lie facing the ground, esp. in fear, or to behave toward someone in a way that shows that you are small and unimportant and the other person is powerful: My dog grovels at my feet when she’s done something wrong. I’ll apologize, but I won’t grovel just because I made a mistake.
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