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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
groan \groan\ (gr[=o]n), v. i. [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. [1913 Webster] For we . . . do groan, being burdened. --2 Cor. v. 4. [1913 Webster] He heard the groaning of the oak. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans. [1913 Webster] Nothing but holy, pure, and clear, Or that which groaneth to be so. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]