grave

verb (1)
\ˈgrāv \
graved; graven\ ˈgrā-​vən \ or graved; graving

Definition of grave 

(Entry 1 of 6)

transitive verb

1 archaic : dig, excavate

2a : to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture

b : to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave graved the dates of his birth and death on the headstone

3 : to impress or fix (a thought, a memory, etc.) deeply

grave

noun (1)

Definition of grave (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : an excavation (see excavation sense 2) for burial of a body broadly : a burial place

2a : death sense 1a believes there is life beyond the grave

b : death sense 4

grave

verb (2)
graved; graving

Definition of grave (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

: to clean and pay with pitch grave a ship's bottom

grave

adjective
\ˈgrāv, in sense 5 often ˈgräv \
graver; gravest

Definition of grave (Entry 4 of 6)

1a 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

5a of an accent mark : having the form `

b : marked with a grave accent

c : of the variety indicated by a grave accent

grave

noun (2)
\ˈgrāv, ˈgräv \

Definition of grave (Entry 5 of 6)

: 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")

gra·​ve | \ˈgrä-(ˌ)vā \

Definition of grave (Entry 6 of 6)

: slowly and solemnly used as a direction in music

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Other Words from grave

Adjective

gravely adverb
graveness noun

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Adjective

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

Did You Know?

Adjective

Gravity has a familiar physical meaning but also a nonphysical meaning—basically "seriousness". Thus, something grave possesses gravity. You can refer to the gravity of a person's manner, though public figures today seem to have a lot less gravity than they used to have. Or you can talk about a grave situation, as in the example sentence. But even though Shakespeare makes a pun on grave when a dying character talks about being buried the next day ("Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man"), the word meaning "hole for burying a body" isn't actually related.

Examples of grave in a Sentence

Adjective

This violation of school rules is a grave matter. His carelessness could have grave consequences. They have placed themselves in grave danger. I have grave doubts about this plan. suffering from a grave illness The judge issued his ruling with a grave expression. The French word père is written with a grave accent over the first e.
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First Known Use of grave

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1609, in the meaning defined above

Adverb or adjective

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grave

Verb (1)

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

Noun (1)

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

Verb (2)

Middle English graven

Adjective

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

Noun (2)

see grave entry 4

Adverb or adjective

Italian, literally, grave, from Latin gravis

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More Definitions for grave

grave

noun
\ˈgrāv \

Kids Definition of grave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hole in the ground for burying a dead body

grave

adjective
graver; gravest

Kids Definition of grave (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : very serious : important grave danger a grave discussion

2 : serious in appearance or manner a grave voice

Other Words from grave

gravely adverb

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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