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mourn

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verb \ˈmȯrn\

Simple Definition of mourn

  • : to feel or show great sadness because someone has died

  • : to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something)

Full Definition of mourn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feel or express grief or sorrow

  3. 2 :  to show the customary signs of grief for a death; especially :  to wear mourning

  4. 3 :  to murmur mournfully —used especially of doves

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to feel or express grief or sorrow for

  7. 2 :  to utter mournfully

mourn·er noun
mourn·ing·ly play \ˈmȯr-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mourn

  1. She is still mourning her husband, who died last year.

  2. Thousands of people mourned his death.

  3. She was mourned by everyone who knew her.

  4. She mourned the loss of her youth.

  5. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.



Origin of mourn

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with mourn




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