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.

Definitions of groom
  1. noun
    someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
    synonyms: hostler, ostler, stableboy, stableman
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    type of:
    hand, hired hand, hired man
    a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
  2. verb
    give a neat appearance to
    groom the dogs”
    synonyms: curry, dress
    arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
    arrange attractively
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    type of:
    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
  3. verb
    care for one's external appearance
    “He is always well- groomed
    synonyms: neaten
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    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    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
    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
    care for (one's hand) by cutting and shaping the nails, etc.
    perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
    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
    cleanse the entire body
    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
    shave with a razor
    shave the head of a newly inducted monk
    bath, bathe
    clean one's body by immersion into water
    direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
    sleek down, slick, slick down
    give a smooth and glossy appearance
    cut hair in the style of a bob
    set waves in
    fluff, tease
    ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent
    apply lipstick to
    redden by applying rouge to
    use dental floss to clean
    apply powder to
    rid of contamination
    type of:
    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
  4. noun
    a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
    synonyms: bridegroom
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    type of:
    someone who takes part in an activity
  5. noun
    a man who has recently been married
    synonyms: bridegroom
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    type of:
    honeymooner, newlywed
    someone recently married
  6. verb
    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
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    dispose, qualify
    make fit or prepared
    qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
    make capable
    type of:
    give an education to
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