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ground

noun uk   /ɡraʊnd/ us  

ground noun (LAND)

the ground [S] B1 the surface of the Earth: I sat down on the ground.The Earth and outer space - general words B2 [U] soil: soft/stony ground The ground was frozen hard and was impossible to dig.Soil B1 [C] an area of land used for a particular purpose or activity: a football ground skills learnt on the training ground (= place where sports teams practise)Areas of land in generalSpace - general words grounds [plural] C2 the gardens and land that surround a building and often have a wall or fence around them: We went for a walk around the hospital grounds.Gardens and yards

ground noun (CAUSE)

C2 [C usually plural] a reason, cause, or argument: She is suing the company on grounds of unfair dismissal. Do you have any ground for suspecting them? [+ to infinitive] We have grounds to believe that you have been lying to us. [+ that] He refused to answer on the grounds that she was unfairly dismissed.Motives and reasons

ground noun (AREA OF KNOWLEDGE)

C2 [U] an area of knowledge or experience: When the conversation turns to politics he's on familiar ground (= he knows a lot about this subject). Once we'd found some common ground (= things we both knew about) we got on very well together. The lectures covered a lot of ground (= included information on many different subjects). I enjoyed her first novel, but I felt in the second she was going over the same ground (= dealing with the same area of experience).Topics and areas of interest

ground noun (WIRE)

[C usually singular] US for earth nounElectrical switches and connections

ground noun (COFFEE)

grounds [plural] the small grains of coffee left at the bottom of a cup or other container that has had coffee in it
See also
Things remaining

ground

verb uk   /ɡraʊnd/ us  

ground verb (GRIND)

past simple and past participle of grindSqueezing and grinding

ground verb (KEEP ON LAND)

be grounded If a ship is grounded, it cannot move because it has hit solid ground: The oil tanker was grounded on a sandbank.Staying afloat, capsizing and sinking [T often passive] If aircraft are grounded, they are prevented from flying or ordered not to fly: The snowstorm meant that all planes were grounded.Travelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the air

ground verb (PUNISH)

[T] to forbid (= refuse to allow) a child or young person from going out as a punishment: My parents have grounded me for a week.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating

ground verb (CAUSE)

be grounded in sth formal to be based firmly on something: Fiction should be grounded in reality. Most phobias are grounded in childhood experiences.
See also
Being based on or depending on something
(Definition of ground from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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