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Definition of grovel:

  1. To creep on the earth, or with the face to the ground; to lie prone, or move uneasily with the body prostrate on the earth; to lie fiat on one's belly, expressive of abjectness; to crawl.
  2. To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to be low, abject, or mean.


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