grav·​er ˈgrā-vər How to pronounce graver (audio)
: any of various cutting or shaving tools used in graving or in hand metal-turning

Examples of graver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longer the crisis lasts, the graver the danger that militants with links to al Qaeda or ISIS—which hold sway on several other African battlefields—move in. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 26 May 2023 There’s no graver one, certainly, than the Writers Guild strike that’s put the TV and movie business in a holding pattern, along with the possibility that actors and directors will join the picket lines when their contracts expire in June. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 24 May 2023 West’s comments could have graver implications, Merritt adds, referencing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that is being championed by his family and currently before Congress. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2022 Extreme weather is becoming more and more commonplace, which the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions says is a bellwether for graver climate emergencies to come. Jane Thier, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 The reality is much graver: 2 to 4 million individuals are out of the workforce because of long COVID, estimates Brookings in response to new Census Bureau data released in June. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 Despite graver threats to humanity, such as our burning planet—or, perhaps, because of them—the Kardashi-son split has left me unmoored. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2022 The consequences of these oversights become much graver and potentially life-threatening. Lewis Liu, Forbes, 9 June 2022 An even graver shortcoming is successful realpolitik relies on your opponent being rational. Marcus Mabry, CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of graver was in the 13th century

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“Graver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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