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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

groan \groan\ (gr[=o]n), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Groaned} (gr[=o]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Groaning}.] [OE. gronen, granen, granien, AS. gr[=a]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.

For we . . . do groan, being burdened. --2 Cor. v. 4.

He heard the groaning of the oak. --Sir W. Scott.

2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans.

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

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