groom

To groom means to take care of the appearance, whether it's plucking eyebrows or combing hair. When you spend over an hour grooming in the bathroom, combing your mustache and buffing your nails, you drive everyone else who needs to use the bathroom crazy.

You can groom something besides a person. Resorts groom their golf courses and ski runs. If you own a horse, you groom it every day. Animals groom each other by picking off insects and licking at fur. You can also use groom in regards to the mind. If you are being groomed for a certain spot or position, you are being prepared to take over its activities and responsibilities. Let's hope that you will someday be groomed for a spot on an executive board. And last but not least, the man getting married at a wedding is the groom.

Primary Meanings of groom

1.
nv
someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
give a neat appearance to
2.
n
a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
3.
v
educate for a future role or function
Full Definitions of groom
1

n someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses

Synonyms:
hostler, ostler, stableboy, stableman
Type of:
hand, hired hand, hired man
a hired laborer on a farm or ranch

v give a neat appearance to

groom the dogs”
Synonyms:
curry, dress
arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
arrange attractively
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

v care for one's external appearance

“He is always well- groomed
Synonyms:
neaten
Types:
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clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
shave
remove body hair with a razor
comb, comb out, disentangle
smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
arrange attractively
gel, mousse
apply a styling gel to
pomade
apply pomade to (hair)
clean up
make oneself clean, presentable or neat
make up
apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier
manicure
care for (one's hand) by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
barber
perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
pedicure
care for one's feet by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
do up, doll up, glam up, pretty up
use special care in dressing, making-up, etc.
slick up, smarten up, spruce, spruce up
dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion
perfume, scent
apply perfume to
bathe
cleanse the entire body
wash
to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
lave, wash
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
lather, soap
rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
razor
shave with a razor
tonsure
shave the head of a newly inducted monk
bath, bathe
clean one's body by immersion into water
douche
direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
sleek down, slick, slick down
give a smooth and glossy appearance
bob
cut hair in the style of a bob
wave
set waves in
fluff, tease
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
highlight
apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent
lipstick
apply lipstick to
rouge
redden by applying rouge to
floss
use dental floss to clean
powder
apply powder to
decontaminate
rid of contamination
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful
2

n a man participant in his own marriage ceremony

Synonyms:
bridegroom
Type of:
participant
someone who takes part in an activity

n a man who has recently been married

Synonyms:
bridegroom
Type of:
honeymooner, newlywed
someone recently married
3

v educate for a future role or function

“He is grooming his son to become his successor”
Synonyms:
prepare, train
prepare, train
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
develop, educate, prepare, train
create by training and teaching
check, condition, discipline, train
develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
Types:
dispose, qualify
make fit or prepared
habilitate
qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
capacitate
make capable
Type of:
educate
give an education to

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