I. ground ground 1 [graʊnd] noun [countable usually plural]
1. a reason, often a legal or official one, for doing or believing something:
ground for

• There are grounds for optimism that the slump in the housing market may end.

• Are there grounds for dismissing him?

• The factory was closed on health and safety grounds.

2. FINANCE gain ground to get an advantage or to rise in price:

• The dollar gained ground against sterling.

3. FINANCE lose ground to lose an advantage or to fall in price:

• Prices were lower across the board, with nearly all blue-chip stocks losing ground.

4. get off the ground if a plan, business idea etc gets off the ground, it gets started or it starts to be successful:

• This fund is intended to help new projects get off the ground.

5. break new ground to do something completely new that no one has ever done before or discover something new about a subject:

• Our scientists are breaking new ground in AIDS research.

  [m0] II. ground ground 2 verb
be grounded in something to be based on a particular idea, principle etc:

• His fiscal strategy is firmly grounded in Keynesian economics.

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ground UK US /graʊnd/ noun
[C, usually plural] a reason for something: on (the) grounds of sth »

The doctor refused to surrender patient records on grounds of confidentiality.

on the grounds that »

Researchers shut down the trial on the grounds that the vaccine was proving ineffective

grounds for sth »

Only 13 of the contracts examined listed incompetence as legitimate grounds for dismissal.

on health/environmental/legal grounds »

The college was shut on health and safety grounds.

See also BATTLEGROUND(Cf. ↑battleground), DUMPING GROUND(Cf. ↑dumping ground)
drive/run/work sb into the ground — Cf. work sb into the ground
drive/run/work sth into the ground — Cf. work sth into the ground
gain/make ground — Cf. gain ground
get off the ground — Cf. get off the ground
get sth off the ground — Cf. get sth off the ground
give/lose ground — Cf. lose ground
ground UK US /graʊnd/ verb [T] TRANSPORT
to prevent a ship or aircraft from sailing or flying: »

The bad weather meant that helicopters were grounded.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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