When a sexual or other kind of predator sets the stage for abusing another, such as a child or other person (as in the case of sex and theory human trafficking).

Trust: May give toys and/or other gifts and favors to the intended victim to gain trust.

Alienation: Settings the stage for the intended victim to become alienated from their primary caregivers/circles or family and community.

Fear/dependency: Sets up a power dynamic in which the victim feels too afraid to report the abuse, perhaps by involving the victim in activities their friends and family might judge the victim negatively for, such as drug use (or even the abuse itself).
By the time the girl understood how bad her situation had become the neighbor had been grooming her so carefuly and for so long that she felt she could not go home or to the police and so saw no way out of her situation. Thankfully a relative noticed her distress and had the sense to seek help from the county's intervention program.
by evilelove March 31, 2017
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Training, preparing or conditioning someone, usually over a longer period of time. Also used to refer to a paedophile's process of building trust with a child, wearing down the child's boundaries.
"The tutor we hired was a good investment; he's grooming my son for a prestigious college."
"Paul gives our daughter a lot of gifts and attention, I'm worried he might be grooming her. Do you think i should call the police?"
by AnAbundancyOfLemons February 18, 2017
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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
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When a sexual or other kind of predator sets the stage for abusing another, such as a child or other person (as in the case of sex and theory human trafficking).

Trust: May give toys and/or other gifts and favors to the intended victim to gain trust.

Alienation: Settings the stage for the intended victim to become alienated from their primary caregivers/circles or family and community.

Fear/dependency: Sets up a power dynamic in which the victim feels too afraid to report the abuse, perhaps by involving the victim in activities their friends and family might judge the victim negatively for, such as drug use (or even the abuse itself).
By the time the girl understood how bad her situation had become the neighbor had been grooming her so carefuly and for so long that she felt she could not go home or to the police and so saw no way out of her situation. Thankfully a relative noticed her distress and had the sense to seek help from the county's intervention program.
by evilelove March 31, 2017
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The act of manipulating a someone who is younger than you with sexual intent through the use of bribery.
Earlier this year, Megan Morris, an 18-year-old from Coventry, was jailed for six years for committing sexual offences (grooming) against a young boy she first contacted through a gaming community when he was just 16.
by Dakrmatter February 20, 2016
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When a weird dude with a My Little Pony outfit comes up to a child and touches them.
Weirdo: hey little one
Child: hey
Weirdo: you like my outfit
Child: yes I love that show
Weirdo: me too
Child: Grooming I super fun so would you like to do it
Weirdo: YES
by Lil'baby10101 August 30, 2020
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