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gropeverb

uk   /ɡrəʊp/  us   /ɡroʊp/
[I or T] to ​feel with ​yourhands, ​especially in ​order to ​find or ​move towards something when you cannot ​seeeasily: She groped for her ​glasses on the ​bedsidetable. I had to grope my way up the ​darkstairs.
[T] informal to ​touch someone's ​body in ​order to get ​sexualpleasure, usually when the ​person does not like it: He groped me as I was going to the ​bar.
Phrasal verbs

gropenoun [C]

uk   /ɡrəʊp/  us   /ɡroʊp/ informal
a ​sexualtouch, usually an ​unwanted and ​unpleasant one
(Definition of grope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gropeverb [I/T]

 us   /ɡroʊp/
to ​search for something you cannot ​see or ​findeasily, esp. by ​feeling with ​yourhands: [I] She ​stands on her ​toes and gropes around on the ​closetshelf.
infml Someone who gropes someone ​elsetouches that person’s ​body without ​permission.
(Definition of grope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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