verb \ˈgrāv\
gravedgrav·en \ˈgrā-vən\ or gravedgrav·ing

Definition of GRAVE

transitive verb
archaic :  dig, excavate
a :  to carve or shape with a chisel :  sculpture
b :  to carve or cut (as letters or figures) into a hard surface :  engrave
:  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



Definition of GRAVE

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



Definition of GRAVE

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

Origin of GRAVE

Middle English graven
First Known Use: 15th century


adjective \ˈgrāv, in sense 5 often ˈgräv\

Definition of GRAVE

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>
:  having a serious and dignified quality or demeanor <a grave and thoughtful look>
:  drab in color :  somber
:  low-pitched in sound
a of an accent mark :  having the form `
b :  marked with a grave accent
c :  of the variety indicated by a grave accent
grave·ly adverb
grave·ness noun

Examples of GRAVE

  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


noun \ˈgrāv, ˈgräv\

Definition of GRAVE

:  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)

First Known Use of GRAVE



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

Definition of GRAVE

:  slowly and solemnly —used as a direction in music

Origin of GRAVE

Italian, literally, grave, from Latin gravis
First Known Use: 1683


adjective \ˈgrāv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GRAVE

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


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