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grindverb [T]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/  us   /ɡraɪnd/ (ground, ground)
  • 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 sharp metal edges to make them smooth. The car engine was making a strange grinding noise.
See also
grind your teeth
to make a noise by rubbing your teeth together: She grinds her teeth in her sleep.

grindnoun [S]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/  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, moving surfaces into small pieces or a powder: Every morning I go to the kitchen and grind some coffee. Add a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • 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 shape steel bars into decorative fences.
[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 unpleasant noise: Ursula grinds her teeth at night.

grindnoun [U]

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

difficult or unpleasant activity 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 of working 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 bad weather.
(Definition of grind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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