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1grave

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

Definition of GRAVE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  dig, excavate
2
a :  to carve or shape with a chisel :  sculpture
b :  to carve or cut (as letters or figures) into a hard surface :  engrave
3
:  to impress or fix (as a thought) deeply
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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

2grave

noun

Definition of GRAVE

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

3grave

verb
gravedgrav·ing

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

4grave

adjective \ˈgrāv, in sense 5 often ˈgräv\
grav·ergrav·est

Definition of GRAVE

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
:  having a serious and dignified quality or demeanor <a grave and thoughtful look>
3
:  drab in color :  somber
4
:  low-pitched in sound
5
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

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>.

5grave

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

1609

6grave

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
GRAVEST Defined for Kids

1grave

noun \ˈgrāv\

Definition of GRAVE for Kids

:  a hole in the ground for burying a dead body

2grave

adjective
grav·ergrav·est

Definition of GRAVE for Kids

1
:  very serious :  important <grave danger> <a grave discussion>
2
:  serious in appearance or manner <a grave voice>
grave·ly 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

adjective \ˈgrāv\

Medical Definition of GRAVE

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

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