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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 groan v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groaned p. pr. & vb. n. Groaning.]
 1. To give forth a low, moaning sound in breathing; to utter a groan, as in pain, in sorrow, or in derision; to moan.
    For we . . . do groan, being burdened.   --2 Cor. v. 4.
    He heard the groaning of the oak.   --Sir W. Scott.
 2. To strive after earnestly, as with groans.
 Nothing but holy, pure, and clear,
 Or that which groaneth to be so.   --Herbert.