Pronunciation: (grOOm, groom),[key] —n. 1. a bridegroom.
2. a man or boy in charge of horses or the stable.
3. any of several officers of the English royal household.
4. Archaic.a manservant.
—v.t. 1. to tend carefully as to person and dress; make neat or tidy.
2. to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).
3. to prepare for a position, election, etc.: The mayor is being groomed for the presidency. 4. (of an animal) to tend (itself or another) by removing dirt, parasites, or specks of other matter from the fur, skin, feathers, etc.: often performed as a social act.