Definition of from (the) cradle to (the) grave
- He led a life of hardship from the cradle to the grave.
- The book describes her life from cradle to grave.
: a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots
: a framework or support suggestive of a baby's cradle: such as
: a framework of bars and rods
: to place or keep in or as if in a cradle
: shelter, rear
: to support protectively or intimately
: dig, excavate
: to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture
: to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave
: an excavation (see excavation 2) for burial of a body
: to clean and pay with pitch
: authoritative, weighty
: meriting serious consideration : important
: likely to produce great harm or danger
: 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 (such 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")
: slowly and solemnly
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