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grovel

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgrovelgrov‧el /ˈɡrɒvəl $ ˈɡrɑː-, ˈɡrʌ-/ verb (grovelled, grovelling British English, groveled, groveling American English)  1 FRIENDLY[intransitive] to praise someone a lot or behave with a lot of respect towards them because you think that they are important and will be able to help you in some way – used to show disapproval syn crawlgrovel to I had to really grovel to the bank manager to get a loan.2 LIE DOWN[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move along the ground on your hands and knees I saw him grovelling in the road for his hat.grovelling adjective a grovelling apology→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
grovelIf a police officer stops your car, be respectful to him, but don't grovel.But even that failed to satisfy the council and, last week, a grovelling apology had to be broadcast.If they want any patients, they must grovel before the family practitioners they previously lorded over.Not that she would grovel either - devil take it, she'd keep some pride!That dog grovels every time you shout.I will not grovel for interviews.The department is having to grovel for money again.These are men who lead their daily lives with inflated pomp; they grovel for nothing.So, what exactly is going on in the pesticide world to reduce me to such grovelling gratitude?I looked back and saw him grovelling in the road for his hat.There's nothing worse than seeing a man grovel just to keep his job.No longer you have to grovel through the woods each spring in hopes of stumbling across a few of these delectable fungi.I grovelled to my parents and promised I wouldn't do it again.
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Verb table
grovel
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theygrovel
he, she, itgrovels
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theygrovelled (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave grovelled
he, she, ithas grovelled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad grovelled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill grovel
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have grovelled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam grovelling
he, she, itis grovelling
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you, we, theyare grovelling
Past
I, he, she, itwas grovelling
you, we, theywere grovelling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been grovelling
he, she, ithas been grovelling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been grovelling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be grovelling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been grovelling
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