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grindverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡraɪnd/ (ground, ground)
  • grind verb [T] (MAKE SMALLER)

to make something into ​smallpieces or a ​powder by ​pressing between hard ​surfaces: to grind ​coffee Shall I grind a little ​blackpepper over ​yoursalad? They grind the ​grain intoflour (= make ​flour by ​crushinggrain) between two ​largestones.
  • grind verb [T] (RUB)

to ​rub something against a hard ​surface, in ​order to make it ​sharper or ​smoother: She has a set of chef's ​knives that she grinds every ​week. He ground down the ​sharpmetaledges to make them ​smooth. The ​carengine was making a ​strange grinding ​noise.
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grind your teeth to make a ​noise by ​rubbingyourteeth together: She grinds her ​teeth in her ​sleep.

grindnoun [S]

uk   us   /ɡraɪnd/ informal
(Definition of grind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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grindverb

 us   /ɡrɑɪnd/
  • grind verb (CRUSH)

[T] (past tense and past participle ground  /ɡrɑʊnd/ ) to ​crush a ​substance between hard, ​movingsurfaces into ​smallpieces or a ​powder: Every ​morning I go to the ​kitchen and grind some ​coffee. Add a ​teaspoon of ​freshly ground ​blackpepper.
  • 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 ​shapesteelbars into ​decorativefences. [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 ​unpleasantnoise: Ursula grinds her ​teeth at ​night.

grindnoun [U]

 us   /ɡrɑɪnd/ infml
  • grind noun [U] (ACTIVITY)

difficult or ​unpleasantactivity 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)

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grindnoun [S]

uk   us   /ɡraɪnd/ informal
a difficult or boring ​activity that ​needs a lot of ​effort: He ​recalls the grind ofworking his day ​job and then in a ​bar at night.
the daily grind employment, especially when this consists of boring ​activities: The ​recession has ​driven many would-be-retirees back to the ​daily grind.

grindverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡraɪnd/ (ground, ground)
grind to a halt/standstill to ​stop gradually: Business ​ground to a ​standstill during the ​badweather.
(Definition of grind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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