Definition of grave
- graved the dates of his birth and death on the headstone
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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.
First Known Use: 1683See Words from the same year
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