Definition of “grind” - English Dictionary

“grind” in British English

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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)

“grind” in American English

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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.

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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)

“grind” in Business English

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grindnoun [ S ]

uk /ɡraɪnd/ us 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 /ɡraɪnd/ us 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)