\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The White House said President Biden will travel to Buffalo today to grieve with victims and their family members after what police described as a racially motivated mass shooting that left 10 people dead. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 President Joe Biden is set to visit Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday to meet and grieve with family members of the 10 victims killed Saturday during a mass shooting at a supermarket that police say was racially motivated. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 The White House said the Bidens would travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to grieve with the community. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2022 The Army is the first U.S. branch to allow male soldiers the time to grieve after a pregnancy loss. Monica Dunn, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Growing up in Texas, Paul Denniston wasn’t taught how to grieve. Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Seeing Lee's memorial vandalized just a few days after her death left huang, who uses they and them pronouns, without a safe space to grieve. CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 Since that time, hundreds of people have messaged, called, and gathered to support my family and to grieve. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 6 Apr. 2022 Grief is inherently lonely, and there are as many ways to grieve as there are human beings. Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grieve.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About grieve

Time Traveler for grieve

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near grieve




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for grieve

Last Updated

23 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Grieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for grieve


\ 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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz


\ 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

Other Words from grieve

griever noun
Antidepressants do not ease the longing for the deceased that grievers feel. — Virginia Hughes, Scientific American


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)

More from Merriam-Webster on grieve

Nglish: Translation of grieve for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of grieve for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!