grieve

verb
\ ˈgrēv How to pronounce grieve (audio) \
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 Robert Kiernan died in 2014 and left a grieving son to hold onto his collector car. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Mystery surrounds $3.74M sale of 1968 Mustang Bullitt: 'Only one person knows' buyer," 13 Jan. 2020 This was a tragic accident, a young man has lost his life, and his family is grieving. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "The U.K. Has Sent a Formal Extradition Request to U.S. for Anne Sacoolas, the Wife of a Diplomat Charged in the Death of Harry Dunn," 12 Jan. 2020 At Boryspil International Airport near Kyiv, where Flight 752 had been due to land, grieving flight attendants tended to candles set on the floor in front of a makeshift memorial to the nine crew members who died. New York Times, "Iranian Missile Accidentally Brought Down Ukrainian Jet, Officials Say, Citing Early Evidence," 9 Jan. 2020 The people in his work danced, prayed and grieved — often in crowds, suggesting an urgency. Deirdra Funcheon, Washington Post, "Who Should Get the Artwork of Purvis Young?," 8 Jan. 2020 Gordon’s brother, Jack Walker, shared the news and then several family photos in a series of grieving social media posts. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Nick Gordon never got over Bobbi Kristina’s death, lawyer says," 2 Jan. 2020 Sandra received a Masters Degree in Counseling from Rollins College and began working for Hospice helping grieving children. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/8," 8 Dec. 2019 England’s prime minister, Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins), urges her to visit the mining village and console its grieving residents in person, but the queen is reluctant to do so, suggesting her presence would distract from the tragedy at hand. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True Story of the Aberfan Disaster," 15 Nov. 2019 Pinzon said the family is grieving in their own ways. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "As her dad killed her family upstairs, little girl survived by hiding under blanket," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

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“Grieve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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grieve

verb
How to pronounce grieve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grieve

: to cause (someone) to feel sad or unhappy
: to feel or show grief or sadness

grieve

verb
\ ˈgrēv How to pronounce grieve (audio) \
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 How to pronounce grieve (audio) \
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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