Groan Groan, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Groaning}.] [OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. gr?nian, fr. the root of grennian to grin. [root]35. See {2d Grin}, and cf. {Grunt}.] 1. To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan. [1913 Webster]

For we . . . do groan, being burdened. --2 Cor. v. 4. [1913 Webster]

He heard the groaning of the oak. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans. [1913 Webster]

Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, Or that which groaneth to be so. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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