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English definition of “grovel”

grovel

verb [I] uk   /ˈɡrɒv.əl/ us    /ˈɡrɑː.vəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)

grovel verb [I] (TRY TO PLEASE)

to behave with too much respect towards someone to show that you are very eager to please them: He sent a grovelling note of apology.Praising insincerely or too eagerly

grovel verb [I] (MOVE)

to move close to or on the ground: I was grovelling under the sofa, trying to find my contact lens.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomach
(Definition of grovel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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