Meaning of “grope” - Learner’s Dictionary

grope

verb uk us /ɡrəʊp/

[ I, T ] to try to get hold of something with your hand, usually when you cannot see it:

I groped in my bag for my keys.
grope your way along/through, etc

to move somewhere with difficulty, feeling with your hands because you cannot see clearly:

We groped our way through the smoke to the exit.

(Definition of “grope” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)