Meaning of “grovel” in the English Dictionary

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grovelverb [ I ]

us /ˈɡrɑv·əl, ˈɡrʌv·əl/

to lie facing the ground, esp. in fear, or to behave toward someone in a way that shows that you are small and unimportant and the other person is powerful:

My dog grovels at my feet when she’s done something wrong.
I’ll apologize, but I won’t grovel just because I made a mistake.

(Definition of “grovel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)