- The definition of grave is something that is serious or taken seriously or doing something in a solemn or sedate manner.
- An example of grave is when you have a terminal disease.
- An example of grave is when you have a serious look on your face.
- Grave is defined as a location where a dead body is buried in the ground or a place where something that is broken is lying.
- An example of grave is a location in a cemetery where a dead person is buried and where a stone memorializes him.
- An example of grave is when a boat sinks.
grave definition by Webster's New World
- requiring serious thought; important; weighty: grave doubts
- not light or trifling in nature or in consequence; grievous: a grave sin
- seriously threatening health, well-being, or life; critical; dangerous: a grave illness
- seriously contrary to what is right or desirable; extremely bad: a grave fault
- Theol. so evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal: a grave sin
- dignified and solemn or sedate in manner or mien
- somber; dull: grave colors
- low or deep in pitch
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin gravis, heavy, weighty ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwer-, heavy, mill from source quern, Classical Greek barys, heavy, Sanskrit gurúh, grave
- a hole in the ground in which to bury a dead body
- any place of burial; tomb
- final end or death; extinction
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English græf (akin to Old Frisian gref, German grab) ; from base of grafan, to dig: see gravethe
grave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An excavation for the interment of a corpse.b. A place of burial.
- Death or extinction: faced the grave with calm resignation.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English grǽf; see ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots.
adjective grav·er, grav·est
- Requiring serious thought; momentous: a grave decision in a time of crisis.
- Fraught with danger or harm: a grave wound.
- Dignified and somber in conduct or character: a grave procession. See Synonyms at serious.
- Somber or dark in hue.
- also Linguistics a. Written with or modified by the mark ( ` ), as the è in Sèvres.b. Of or referring to a phonetic feature that distinguishes sounds produced at the periphery of the vocal tract, as in labial and velar consonants and back vowels.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin gravis; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- graveˈly adverb
- graveˈness noun
transitive verb graved graved, grav·en or graved, grav·ing, graves
- To sculpt or carve; engrave.
- To stamp or impress deeply; fix permanently.
Origin: Middle English graven, from Old English grafan; see ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb graved graved, grav·ing, graves
Origin: Middle English graven.
adverb & adj. Music
Origin: Italian, from Latin gravis, heavy; see grave2.
grave - Medical Definition
grave - Phrases/Idioms
have one foot in the grave
make someone turn (over) in his (or her) grave