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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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 In the films, characters don’t get much time to grieve. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Real Villain of WandaVision," 16 Jan. 2021 The rest of the CAOS crew is left to grieve Sabrina's ultimate sacrifice and, eventually, continue on with their lives. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Sabrina Finale Snuck Up On The Cast. This Is How They Feel About That Devastating Ending," 1 Jan. 2021 Using social media, Adams was meticulous over the years in his documentation of family histories, often used to help people grieve over the loss of family, or to call out people who lied and claimed Indigenous ancestry. Time, "American Indian Activist Hank Adams Dies at 77," 25 Dec. 2020 Funeral homes and morgues are now overwhelmed as families grieve and we all brace for a devastating winter. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 15: Covid-19, White House, stimulus, China, Turkey," 15 Dec. 2020 Thursday will be a time to grieve, celebrate and share with Paul’s family, who will be at the church. David Moore, Dallas News, "Despite returning to practice, Cowboys not ready to turn emotional page on Markus Paul’s unexpected death," 2 Dec. 2020 Teigen has since taken time to grieve, only breaking her silence to share screenshots of a thread posted to Twitter by her husband. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shares a Heartfelt Essay About the Loss of Her Son Jack," 27 Oct. 2020 Please give us this time to grieve this incredible loss to our family and this world!!! Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Houston police investigate after missing influencer found dead on side of road," 1 Dec. 2020 The piece is intended to help people grieve, and create a spiritual portal to their ancestors. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Grieving for Minneapolis, BareBones reinvents Halloween as an art event," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of grieve was in the 13th century

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for grieve

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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