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groom

verb [T] uk   /ɡruːm/ us  

groom verb [T] (CLEAN)

to clean an animal, often by brushing its fur: Polly spends hours in the stables grooming her pony.Cleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words

groom verb [T] (PREPARE)

to prepare someone for a special job or activity: She was being groomed for leadership. [+ to infinitive] My boss is grooming me to take over his job next year.Preparing

groom verb [T] (SEX)

to become friends with a child, especially over the internet, with the intention of committing a sexual offencePhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in generalBeing, becoming friends and getting to know someone

groom

noun [C] uk   /ɡruːm/ us  

groom noun [C] (MAN)

B1 a bridegroom: The bride and groom walked down the aisle together.Relating to weddings

groom noun [C] (HORSES)

a person whose job is to take care of and clean horsesHorse ridingHorse racing
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