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1.
When a sexual predator gives toys and other things to a child to gain trust and sexually harm the child.
Mom: Don't let that sexual predator groom your child.
Sexual Predator: Oh darn! Grooming was the only way I planned to gain trust in your underage child so I could sexually harm them!
by Floorlamp August 17, 2012
 
2.
The act of luring another with gifts, favors, promises, praise, or bbq ribs with the intent of gaining sexual favors. The perpetrator of "grooming" must have a significant advantage of emotional intelligence, financial independence, intelligence quotient or simply perpetrating against a minor.
Greg- "Hey Corky, would you like some of my tasty barbeque ribs while you watch the baseball game?"

Corky- "Sure. Corky hungry! Corky loves ribs!"

Greg- "Enjoy, you'll be giving me a {reach-around} later..."

Corky- "Huh?"

Greg- "Just {grooming} you. Finish your beer so we can go to my place."
by nelsonkw1 October 03, 2010
 
3.
The act of pedifiles coaxing children into sexual encounters via the internet.
Earlier this year, Andrew Lay, a 35-year-old from Milton Keynes, was jailed for six years for committing sexual offences against a young girl he first contacted through a chatroom when she was just 12.
by paul February 23, 2004
 
4.
An act of kindness with an aim to get something in return. For example a telephone number, or perhaps for a favour, or to gain extra contact means with someone, possibly for romantic reasons.

May be seen as sneaky or sly by some under the context of romantic involvement, but is used often to get to know people better for this purpose - A little white lie to save possible rejection, also known as playing it safe.
Craig was grooming the newly met woman at the bar in the hope of getting her phone number, becoming better friends under that pretense to gain romantic involvement with her.
by Thoughtful Lynx November 12, 2005
 
5.
Cleaning and putting in order your fur (as an animal) or your hair and clothes (as a human).
Grooming as a job is most often performed on horses, but in zoos and circuses all sorts of animals need grooming.
The bridegroom is perfectly groomed, and the bride looks wonderful!
When grooming your horse, you need brushes, towels, combs and sometimes even a vacuum cleaner.
Cats spend 8 to 15 percent of their waking time grooming themselves.
by TheRealFoo July 03, 2013