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grave

play
verb, \ˈgrāv\

Definition of grave

gravedgraven play \ˈgrā-vən\ or gravedgraving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  dig, excavate

  3. 2 a :  to carve or shape with a chisel :  sculpture b :  to carve or cut (as letters or figures) into a hard surface :  engrave

  4. 3 :  to impress or fix (as a thought) deeply



Origin of grave

Middle English, from Old English grafan; akin to Old High German graban to dig, Old Church Slavic pogreti to bury


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

grave

noun

Definition of grave

  1. 1 :  an excavation for burial of a body; broadly :  a burial place

  2. 2 a :  death 1a b :  death 4



Origin of grave

Middle English, from Old English græf; akin to Old High German grab grave, Old English grafan to dig


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with grave

ave


3

grave

verb,

Definition of grave

gravedgraving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to clean and pay with pitch <grave a ship's bottom>



Origin of grave

Middle English graven


First Known Use: 15th century


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grave

play
adjective, \ˈgrāv, in sense 5 often ˈgräv\

Definition of grave

gravergravest

  1. 1 a obsolete :  authoritative, weighty b :  meriting serious consideration :  important <grave problems> c :  likely to produce great harm or danger <a grave mistake> d :  significantly serious :  considerable, great <grave importance>

  2. 2 :  having a serious and dignified quality or demeanor <a grave and thoughtful look>

  3. 3 :  drab in color :  somber

  4. 4 :  low-pitched in sound

  5. 5 a of an accent mark :  having the form ` b :  marked with a grave accent c :  of the variety indicated by a grave accent

gravely adverb
graveness noun


Examples of grave in a sentence

  1. This violation of school rules is a grave matter.

  2. His carelessness could have grave consequences.

  3. They have placed themselves in grave danger.

  4. I have grave doubts about this plan.

  5. suffering from a grave illness

  6. The judge issued his ruling with a grave expression.

  7. The French word père is written with a grave accent over the first e.



Origin of grave

Middle French, from Latin gravis heavy, grave — more at grieve


First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of grave

serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters <a serious play about social injustice>. grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude <read the proclamation in a grave voice>. solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity <a sad and solemn occasion>. sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness <remained sedate amid the commotion>. staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint <a quiet and staid community>. sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity <a sober look at the state of our schools>. earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose <an earnest reformer>.

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grave

play
noun \ˈgrāv, ˈgräv\

Definition of grave

  1. :  a grave accent ` used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in “this cursèd day”)



1609

First Known Use of grave

1609


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grave

play
adverb or adjective gra·ve \ˈgrä-(ˌ)vā\

Definition of grave

  1. :  slowly and solemnly —used as a direction in music



Origin of grave

Italian, literally, grave, from Latin gravis


First Known Use: 1683



GRAVE Defined for Kids

1

grave

play
noun \ˈgrāv\

Definition of grave for Students

  1. :  a hole in the ground for burying a dead body




2

grave

play
adjective

Definition of grave for Students

gravergravest

  1. 1 :  very serious :  important <grave danger> <a grave discussion>

  2. 2 :  serious in appearance or manner <a grave voice>

gravely adverb


Word Root of grave

The Latin word gravis, meaning “heavy” or “serious,” gives us the root grav. Words from the Latin gravis have something to do with heaviness or seriousness. Something grave, or important, such as a situation, requires serious thought and consideration. To aggravate is to make a situation more serious. Gravity is a force that pulls everything towards the ground making it feel heavy.


Medical Dictionary

grave

play
adjective \ˈgrāv\

Medical Definition of grave

  1. :  very serious :  dangerous to life—used of an illness or its prospects <a grave prognosis>





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