to clean and brush an animal, especially a horse
to prepare someone for an important job or position in society by training them over a long period
groom somebody for something
Tim was being groomed for a managerial position.
groom somebody to do something
Clare's been groomed to take her father's place when he retires.
to take care of your own appearance by keeping your hair and clothes clean and tidy: ➔ well-groomed
Her hair is always perfectly groomed.
to devlop a friendship with a child, with the intention of starting a sexual relationship. This is done by adults, and is illegal when the child is younger than 16.
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if an animal grooms itself or another animal, it cleans its own fur and skin or that of the other animal