grieve

verb \ ˈgrēv \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of grieve

grieved; grieving
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

griever

noun

Examples of grieve in a Sentence

  1. It grieves me to see my brother struggling like this.

  2. Her decision to live overseas grieved her mother.

  3. People need time to grieve after the death of a family member.

  4. The children are still grieving the death of their mother.

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Origin and Etymology of grieve

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

grieve Synonyms


GRIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

grieve

verb

Definition of grieve for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel sad or unhappy

  • : to feel or show grief or sadness


GRIEVE Defined for Kids

grieve

verb \ ˈgrēv \

Definition of grieve for Students

grieved; grieving
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

Medical Dictionary

grieve

verb \ ˈgrēv \

medical Definition of grieve

grieved; grieving
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 SchlosserThe Atlantic MonthlySeptember 1997

griever

noun
    • Antidepressants do not ease the longing for the deceased that grievers feel.
    • —Virginia HughesScientific AmericanJune 2011

Law Dictionary

grieve

verb

legal Definition of grieve

grieved; grieving
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 sue
  • Jackson v. Liquid Carbonic Corp., 863 F.2d 111 (1988)


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