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grope

 (grōp)
v. groped, grop·ing, gropes
v.intr.
1. To reach about uncertainly; feel one's way: groped for the telephone.
2. To search blindly or uncertainly: grope for an answer.
v.tr.
1. To make (one's way) by reaching about uncertainly.
2. Slang To handle or fondle for sexual pleasure.
n.
The act or an instance of groping.

[Middle English gropen, from Old English grāpian.]

grop′er n.
grop′ing·ly adv.

grope

(ɡrəʊp)
vb
1. (usually foll by: for) to feel or search about uncertainly (for something) with the hands
2. (intr; usually foll by for or after) to search uncertainly or with difficulty (for a solution, answer, etc)
3. (tr) to find or make (one's way) by groping
4. (tr) slang to feel or fondle the body of (someone) for sexual gratification
n
the act of groping
[Old English grāpian; related to Old High German greifōn, Norwegian greipa; compare gripe]
ˈgropingly adv

grope

(groʊp)

v. groped, grop•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to feel about with the hands; feel one's way hesitantly: to grope around in the darkness.
2. to search blindly or uncertainly: to be groping for an answer.
v.t.
3. to seek by or as if by groping: to grope one's way up the dark stairs.
4. Slang. to touch or handle (someone) for sexual pleasure; fondle.
n.
5. an act or instance of groping.
6. Slang. an act or instance of sexually fondling another person.
[before 900; Old English grāpian, derivative of grāp grasp; akin to grip, gripe]
grop′er, n.
grop′ing•ly, adv.

grope


Past participle: groped
Gerund: groping

Imperative
grope
grope
Present
I grope
you grope
he/she/it gropes
we grope
you grope
they grope
Preterite
I groped
you groped
he/she/it groped
we groped
you groped
they groped
Present Continuous
I am groping
you are groping
he/she/it is groping
we are groping
you are groping
they are groping
Present Perfect
I have groped
you have groped
he/she/it has groped
we have groped
you have groped
they have groped
Past Continuous
I was groping
you were groping
he/she/it was groping
we were groping
you were groping
they were groping
Past Perfect
I had groped
you had groped
he/she/it had groped
we had groped
you had groped
they had groped
Future
I will grope
you will grope
he/she/it will grope
we will grope
you will grope
they will grope
Future Perfect
I will have groped
you will have groped
he/she/it will have groped
we will have groped
you will have groped
they will have groped
Future Continuous
I will be groping
you will be groping
he/she/it will be groping
we will be groping
you will be groping
they will be groping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been groping
you have been groping
he/she/it has been groping
we have been groping
you have been groping
they have been groping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been groping
you will have been groping
he/she/it will have been groping
we will have been groping
you will have been groping
they will have been groping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been groping
you had been groping
he/she/it had been groping
we had been groping
you had been groping
they had been groping
Conditional
I would grope
you would grope
he/she/it would grope
we would grope
you would grope
they would grope
Past Conditional
I would have groped
you would have groped
he/she/it would have groped
we would have groped
you would have groped
they would have groped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grope - the act of gropinggrope - the act of groping; and instance of groping
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
Verb1.grope - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
grope for, scrabble - feel searchingly; "She groped for his keys in the dark"
2.grope - search blindly or uncertainly; "His mind groped to make the connection"
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
3.grope - fondle for sexual pleasure; "He made some sexual advances at the woman in his office and groped her repeatedly"
caress, fondle - touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner; "He caressed her face"; "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"

grope

verb
1. feel, search, fumble, flounder, fish, finger, scrabble, cast about, fossick (Austral. & N.Z.) He groped in his pocket for his wallet.
2. fondle, touch, stroke, caress He kept trying to grope her breasts.

grope

verb
To reach about or search blindly or uncertainly:
Translations
يَتَحَسَّسيَتَحَسَّس، يَبْحَث على غَيْر هُدى
tápatšmátrat
famle
hapuilla
tapkati
fálma eftir
手探りする
손으로 더듬다
ieškoti apgraibomis
iet taustotiesmeklēttaustīties
tipati
tafsa på
คลำ
el yordamıyla aramakelle yoklamak
mò mẫm

grope

[grəʊp]
A. VI (also grope around, grope about) → andar a tientas, tantear
to grope for sth (lit, fig) → buscar algo a tientas
B. VT
1. to grope one's way (through/towards)avanzar a tientas (por/hacia)
2. to grope sb (sexually) → toquetear a algn
C. N (sexual) they had a gropese estuvieron toqueteando, se estuvieron metiendo mano

grope

[ˈgrəʊp]
vi
(= feel) to grope for sth (in darkness)chercher qch à tâtons; (in bag, pocket)tâtonner pour trouver qch
He groped for the light switch → Il a cherché à tâtons l'interrupteur.
to grope for [+ words, answer] → tâtonner pour trouver
She groped for the right words → Elle tâtonnait pour trouver les bons mots.
vt
to grope one's way through the darkness → avancer à tâtons dans l'obscurité
I groped my way across the room → J'ai avancé à tâtons dans la pièce.
[+ woman] → peloter

grope

vi (also grope around or about)(herum)tasten (for nach); (for words, solution) → suchen (for nach); to be groping in the darkim Dunkeln tappen; (= try things at random)vor sich (acc)hin wursteln (inf); groping handstastende Hände pl
vttasten nach; (inf) girlfriendbefummeln (inf); to grope one’s waysich vorwärtstasten; to grope (one’s way) in/outsich hinein-/hinaustasten; they are groping (their way) toward(s) a curesie bemühen sich darum, ein Heilmittel zu finden
n (inf) to have a gropefummeln (inf); a quick gropeeine schnelle Fummelei (inf)

grope

[grəʊp]
1. vi (also grope around, grope about) → brancolare, andare a tentoni
to grope for sth → cercare qc a tentoni or a tastoni (fig) (for words) → cercare (disperatamente)
2. vt to grope one's way throughfarsi strada a tentoni in or tra
to grope one's way towards → andare a tentoni verso
to grope sb (fam) (sexually) → mettere le mani addosso a qn

grope

(grəup) verb
to search for something by feeling with one's hands. He groped his way through the smoke; He groped for the door.

grope

يَتَحَسَّس šmátrat famle tasten ψηλαφώ andar a tientas hapuilla tâtonner tapkati cercare a tastoni 手探りする 손으로 더듬다 rondtasten famle pójść po omacku tatear нащупывать tafsa på คลำ elle yoklamak mò mẫm 摸索
References in classic literature ?
The Lord has devised this temptation as a test of my soul and I will grope my way out of darkness into the light of righteousness.
When he had filled one cart he had to grope around him until another came, and if there was none on hand he continued to grope till one arrived.
At any rate, it shall be strong enough to search--inquire--to grope an outlet from this cloud of doubt, and find the open day of certainty.
The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, who knew its every stone, was fain to grope with his hands.
Haven't you heard her say, over and over again, that on this account she wished to spare me a great deal of trouble, which she thinks I am not suited for, and which I really don't know myself that I AM suited for; and isn't she up early and late, and going to and fro continually - and doesn't she do all sorts of things, and grope into all sorts of places, coal-holes and pantries and I don't know where, that can't be very agreeable - and do you mean to insinuate that there is not a sort of devotion in that?
In the meantime the supervisor rode on, as fast as he could, to Kitt's Hole; but his men had to dismount and grope down the dingle, leading, and sometimes supporting, their horses, and in continual fear of ambushes; so it was no great matter for surprise that when they got down to the Hole the lugger was already under way, though still close in.
Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant reassured me.
Just then, too, a lamp upon the mantel-piece threw out a dying gleam, which vanished as speedily as it shot upward, compelling our eyes to grope for one another's features by the dim glow of the hearth.
Often, too, they had to grope their way through the yet burning forests, in constant peril from the limbs and trunks of trees, which frequently fell across their path.
I feel that there is reason lurking in you somewhere, so we will patiently grope round for it.