If you like to grind your own coffee beans, it means you prefer to buy whole beans, put them in an electric grinder, and pulverize them into tiny bits before you brew your coffee.

When you grind something, you mill or crush it into smaller pieces, the way you grind pepper or grind a grain into flour. Two things that rub up against each other also grind together, which is what your teeth do if you grind them in your sleep. Informally, grind also means boring, tedious work, often in the sense of "grind away" or "the daily grind." This sense of grind was invented in the 1800s as college slang.

Definitions of grind
  1. verb
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    grind the spices in a mortar”
    synonyms: bray, comminute, crunch, mash
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    reduce to pulp
    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
    grind with a mill
    type of:
    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  2. verb
    press or grind with a crushing noise
    synonyms: cranch, craunch, crunch
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    type of:
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  3. verb
    created by grinding
    grind designs into the glass bowl”
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    shape or form by grinding
    grind lenses for glasses and cameras”
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    type of:
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  5. verb
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    synonyms: grate
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    grind together, of teeth
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    champ, chomp
    chew noisily
    chafe at the bit, like horses
    gum, mumble
    grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
    chew without swallowing
    crunch, munch
    chew noisily
    bite or chew on with the teeth
    type of:
    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  6. noun
    the act of grinding to a powder or dust
    synonyms: mill, pulverisation, pulverization
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    type of:
    compaction, crunch, crush
    the act of crushing
  7. noun
    the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
    “a coarse grind of coffee”
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    degree, grade, level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  8. noun
    hard monotonous routine work
    synonyms: donkeywork, drudgery, plodding
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    labor, labour, toil
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  9. verb
    work hard
    synonyms: dig, drudge, fag, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail
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    type of:
    do work, work
    be employed
  10. verb
    dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced
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    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
  11. noun
    an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
    synonyms: dweeb, nerd, swot, wonk
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    type of:
    assimilator, learner, scholar
    someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
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