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English definition of “groan”

groan

verb [I]     /ɡrəʊn/ US  /ɡroʊn/
C2 to make a deep long sound showing great pain or unhappiness: He collapsed, groaning with pain. [+ speech] "Not again," he groaned (= said in a low unhappy voice).Sounds made by humans with their mouthsSadness and regretPain and painful to complain or speak unhappily: She's always moaning and groaning (= complaining a lot) about the weather.Complaining
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