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Definitions of grope

  1. To search for something, like one in the dark, or blind, by feeling with the hands; to seek blindly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To feel one's way; search uncertainly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To search out by feeling in the dark; as, we groped our way at midnight. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To examine; to test; to sound. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To search out, as in the dark, by feeling with the hands. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To search by feeling, as in the dark. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To feel with or use the hands; to handle. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To feel one's way with the hands, as in the dark; seek blindly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. (orig.) To gripe or feel with the hands: to search or attempt to find something, as if blind or in the dark. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To feel about in the dark. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. search blindly or uncertainly; "His mind groped to make the connection" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. fondle for sexual pleasure; "He made some sexual advances at the woman in his office and groped her repeatedly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To search by feeling in the dark; to try to find out. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To feel one's way, as with the hands, or as a blind man; to search or attempt to find, as in the dark. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Gropingly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for grope

  1. But she had to grope for the resemblances to Paul Quentin; they were there; she felt them; but they were difficult to see; while it was easy to see the resemblances to Amabel. – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  2. Sweyn will, doubtless, have men on board his ship who have sailed in these seas before, and will not need to grope his way along as we have done. – The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred by G. A. Henty
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