AskDefine | Define grounds

Dictionary Definition



1 your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling" [syn: evidence]
2 the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard" [syn: yard, curtilage]
3 a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
4 a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice" [syn: cause, reason]
5 sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid [syn: dregs, settlings]

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Uncountable form of ground + -s.



  1. Basis or justification for something, as in "grounds for divorce."
  2. The collective minor land areas that compose a larger area, as in the castle grounds.
  3. The sediment at the bottom of a liquid, or from which a liquid has been filtered (as in coffee grounds).


area of land

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