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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ground]
    • /graʊnd/
    • /ɡraʊnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ground]
    • /graʊnd/

Definitions of grounds word

  • noun grounds the solid surface of the earth; firm or dry land: to fall to the ground. 1
  • noun grounds earth or soil: stony ground. 1
  • noun grounds land having an indicated character: rising ground. 1
  • noun grounds Often, grounds. a tract of land appropriated to a special use: picnic grounds; a hunting ground. 1
  • noun grounds Often, grounds. the foundation or basis on which a belief or action rests; reason or cause: grounds for dismissal. 1
  • noun grounds subject for discussion; topic: Sex education is forbidden ground in some school curricula. 1

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Origin of grounds

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English grownd, grund, Old English grund; cognate with Dutch grond, German Grund; (verb) Middle English grundien, grownden “to set on a foundation, establish,” derivative of the noun

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Parts of speech for Grounds


grounds popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

grounds usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for grounds

noun grounds

  • habitat — the natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism: a tropical habitat.
  • terrain — a tract of land, especially as considered with reference to its natural features, military advantages, etc.
  • sphere — Geometry. a solid geometric figure generated by the revolution of a semicircle about its diameter; a round body whose surface is at all points equidistant from the center. Equation: x 2 + y 2 + z 2 = r 2 . the surface of such a figure; a spherical surface.
  • terrace — a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
  • campus — A campus is an area of land that contains the main buildings of a university or college.

Antonyms for grounds

noun grounds

  • sky — the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper atmosphere of the earth: airplanes in the sky; cloudy skies.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • annex — If a country annexes another country or an area of land, it seizes it and takes control of it.
  • discouragement — an act or instance of discouraging.

Top questions with grounds

  • how to get to proving grounds?
  • how much coffee grounds for 6 cups?

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