grieve

verb
\ˈgrēv \
grieved; grieving

Definition of grieve 

transitive verb

1 : to cause to suffer : distress it grieves me to see him this way

2 : to feel or show grief over grieving the death of her son

3 : to submit a formal grievance concerning grieve a dismissal

intransitive verb

: to feel grief : sorrow still grieving over their mother's death

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Other Words from grieve

griever noun

Examples of grieve in a Sentence

It grieves me to see my brother struggling like this. Her decision to live overseas grieved her mother. People need time to grieve after the death of a family member. The children are still grieving the death of their mother.
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Recent Examples on the Web

From chatty Facebook groups to mesmerizing Instagram pages to deeply emotional message boards detailing mourning rituals, myriad online resources exist for women grieving a pregnancy loss. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 Family members mourned publicly, then sank into the private ritual of grieving for the victim of an unsolved crime. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 2018 But statistics can’t comfort grieving families, and millions of Americans are understandably outraged when violent acts are committed by people who shouldn’t be here. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "What Trump and His Foes Get Wrong About Immigrants," 4 Sep. 2018 In a vacuum, the show's depiction of how a family still grieves in different ways 20 years after a tragedy was sensitively handled. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Time for 'This Is Us' to Move on After Super Bowl Episode Answers," 5 Feb. 2018 Blue Bloods fans are still grieving the shocking death of Linda Reagan (Amy Carlson), whose departure was briefly announced during the season 8 premiere last year. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints That Linda's Death May Not Have Been an Accident," 5 Oct. 2018 Jim Carrey first played a gentle, grieving, semi-extremist for Michel Gondry in 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Kidding, Jim Carrey Shines in a Familiar Type of Existential Drama," 7 Sep. 2018 That’s been true ever since: Ahmad and his wife, Harriett, have grieved, unremittingly, the loss of their oldest son, Sultan Jihad Ahmad, but also have turned his name into a rallying cry for community transformation. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 As families grieve, and an increasingly restless public demands answers, Texas' top lawmakers are trying to understand the root causes of the tragedy— as well as solutions to prevent the next one, from different directions. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "How Texas' top lawmakers are explaining the Santa Fe shooting," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of grieve

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grieve

Middle English greven, from Anglo-French grever, from Latin gravare to burden, from gravis heavy, grave; akin to Greek barys heavy, Sanskrit guru

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grieve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grieve

: to cause (someone) to feel sad or unhappy

: to feel or show grief or sadness

grieve

verb
\ˈgrēv \
grieved; grieving

Kids Definition of grieve

1 : to feel or show grief a grieving widow

2 : to cause grief to Her tears seemed to grieve the kind-hearted Munchkins …— L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

grieve

verb
\ˈgrēv \
grieved; grieving

Medical Definition of grieve 

transitive verb

: to feel or show grief over grieving the death of her son

intransitive verb

: to feel grief Each member of a family is likely to grieve differently, creating great potential for conflict.— Eric Schlosser, The Atlantic Monthly, September 1997

Other Words from grieve

griever noun
Antidepressants do not ease the longing for the deceased that grievers feel. — Virginia Hughes, Scientific American, June 2011

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grieve

verb
grieved; grieving

Legal Definition of grieve 

transitive verb

: to submit (a grievance) to a grievance procedure wage claims…had been contractually grieved— M. A. Kelly

intransitive verb

: to bring a grievance under a grievance procedure as a union member, Jackson was obligated to grieve — not sueJackson v. Liquid Carbonic Corp., 863 F.2d 111 (1988)

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