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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Jones has said that the shooting, in which 20 children and six adults died, was fake, leading to grieving parents filing a defamation suit against the radio host after his followers forced one couple to move multiple times to avoid harassment. Nicole Kobie, Teen Vogue, "Alex Jones Removed From Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes," 6 Aug. 2018 The volunteers — Stoneman Douglas alumni, still-grieving parents, childhood friends of Coach Aaron Feis, Meadow Pollack, Nicholas Dworet — gently placed flower bouquets in boxes pre-punched with holes. Phillip Valys, Sun-Sentinel.com, "50 volunteers dismantle Stoneman Douglas memorial for preservation," 28 Mar. 2018 The elements are familiar—a police cover-up, cops on the take, a flawed prosecutor digging for the truth, furiously grieving parents—but the cast is talented and diverse. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV Dramas Should You Binge?," 23 Feb. 2018 Still grieving, Mason finds solace in a new friendship with little Calvin Chumsky and with a wonderful dog that unfortunately belongs to Mason’s chief tormentor at school. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Heavyweight Contenders," 22 Nov. 2018 Later that night, as Pittsburgh and the country grieved yet another mass shooting, Trump tweeted about the World Series. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Pittsburgh Jewish Leaders to President Trump: Unless You Denounce White Nationalism, You're Not Welcome Here," 29 Oct. 2018 Kadir sits, surrounded by friends and neighbors, grieving for her only child. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Mother of 3-year-old slain in mass stabbing wants justice for daughter: "She is gone."," 3 July 2018 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

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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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