Grave definition

grāv
To clean and coat (the bottom of a wooden ship) with pitch.
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Dignified and somber in conduct or character.

A grave procession.

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Requiring serious thought; momentous.

A grave decision in a time of crisis.

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To sculpt or carve; engrave.
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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.

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An excavation for the interment of a corpse.
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A place of burial.
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Fraught with danger or harm.

A grave wound.

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Somber or dark in hue.
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Written with or modified by the mark (`), as the è in Sèvres.
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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.
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To stamp or impress deeply; fix permanently.
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In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
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Dignified and solemn or sedate in manner or mien.
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Somber; dull.

Grave colors.

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Low or deep in pitch.
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Requiring serious thought; important; weighty.

Grave doubts.

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Not light or trifling in nature or in consequence; grievous.

A grave sin.

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Seriously contrary to what is right or desirable; extremely bad.

A grave fault.

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(theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal.

A grave sin.

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Final end or death; extinction.
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A hole in the ground in which to bury a dead body.
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Any place of burial; tomb.
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To impress sharply and clearly; fix permanently.
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To dig.
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To bury.
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To shape by carving; sculpture.
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To engrave; incise.
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To clean barnacles, etc. from (the hull of a wooden ship) and coat with pitch or tar.
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(musical direction) Slowly and with solemnity.
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An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher.
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1872, James De Mille, The Cryptogram, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2009.

Deep lines were graven on her pale forehead, and on her wan, thin cheeks.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, Requiem.

This be the verse you grave for me / "Here he lies where he longs to be"

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Characterised by a dignified sense of seriousness; not cheerful, sombre. [from 16th c.]
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Low in pitch, tone etc. [from 17th c.]
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Serious, in a negative sense; important, formidable. [from 19th c.]
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A written accent used in French, Italian, and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.
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A final syllable signifying a ruler, as in landgrave, margrave, burgrave.
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Death or extinction.

Faced the grave with calm resignation.

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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.

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Seriously threatening health, well-being, or life; critical; dangerous.

A grave illness.

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have one foot in the grave
  • to be very ill, old, or infirm; be near death
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spin in one's grave
  • to be shocked or distressed
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grave
Plural:
Graves

Adjective

Base Form:
grave
Comparative:
graver
Superlative:
gravest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

spin in one's grave

Origin of grave

  • Middle English graven from Old English grafan ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French from Old French from Latin gravis gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English græf ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian from Latin gravis heavy grave2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English graven

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English grave, grafe, from Old English græf (“cave, grave, trench”), from Proto-Germanic *grabą, *grabō (“grave, trench, ditch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrābʰ- (“to dig, scratch, scrape”). Cognate with Dutch graf (“a grave”), Low German graf (“a grave”), German Grab (“a grave”), Swedish grav (“a grave”), Icelandic gröf (“a grave”). Cognate to Albanian gropë (“a ditch, hole”). Related to groove.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English graven, from Old English grafan (“to dig, dig up, grave, engrave, carve, chisel”), from Proto-Germanic *grabaną (“to dig”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrābʰ- (“to dig, scratch, scrape”). Cognate with Dutch graven (“to dig”), German graben (“to dig”), Swedish gräva (“to dig”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From French grave, from Latin gravis (“heavy, important”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Old Low German grēve

    From Wiktionary