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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More than 100 grieving family and friends held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, trying to make sense of the loss and begging the public for tips that will lead to an arrest in the fatal drive-by shooting. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teen killed in drive-by shooting wanted to be a lawyer," 6 July 2018 Because the examiner followed agency procedures, the judge had to dismiss the lawsuit by massacre survivors and grieving families. Washington Post, "Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting," 20 June 2018 Jane Goodall and others have largely proved that chimpanzees grieve by collecting detailed accounts of death events. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018 For more than 30 years, Fernside has supported thousands of grieving families in the Greater Cincinnati area. Hospice Cincinnati, Cincinnati.com, "When loss comes early: 15 tips for supporting a grieving child," 7 May 2018 Meanwhile, grieving families are still trying to hold Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites liable for the acts that occur on their platforms. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Gang rape. Suicides. Shooting deaths. The dark side of social media," 13 Apr. 2018 Her family grieves deeply over the sudden loss of this most beautiful person. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Lucy Hinton," 27 June 2018 Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at grieving relatives and rights advocates who gathered outside the jail overnight demanding information. Ana Vanessa Herrero, BostonGlobe.com, "Venezuela jail fire highlights troubles," 29 Mar. 2018 Tiran still grieving, expressed to PEOPLE magazine some sentiments of his late wife. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence.com, "GoFundMe Set Up For Family Of Atlanta Woman Killed In Bahamas Boat Accident On Her Anniversary Raises $140K," 12 July 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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