3rd person: grovels
Present (Amer∙/Brit∙): groveling, grovelling
Gerund (Amer∙/Brit∙): groveling, grovelling
Past (Amer∙/Brit∙): groveled, grovelled
Perfect (Amer∙/Brit∙): groveled, grovelled
To crawl or lie face down in subservience, deepest regret, servility, or mortal fear. Figuratively: to apologise earnestly or profusely.
Doctor Barton pulled a paper snip from his pocket and dialled the written-down number. Trying to outsound the audible crepitations in the handset, he grovelled in a half-loudened voice for redisturbing someone he apparently spoke with before. (Context: Dr∙ Barton calls someone and apologises for disturbing them again. Source: J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.)
Slovak / Slovenčina (SK): plaziť sa pred niekým; krčiť sa v prachu; modlikať o odpustenie; vrúcne sa ospravedlňovať