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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Roane County High School said counselors would be available as the community continues to grieve. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "2 high school football players die in separate on-field incidents," 17 Sep. 2019 To grieve a suspension, Brown would turn to Article 43 of the CBA. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Legal Ramifications of Antonio Brown's Growing Dispute With Raiders," 5 Sep. 2019 Friends and family are invited to grieve with Beyersdofer's parents and brother at a gathering of remembrance and healing in the main gym at Purcell Marian High School on Hackberry Street in Walnut Hills at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Remembrance service planned for Kevin Beyersdofer, Cincinnati man found in Norris Lake," 16 Aug. 2019 My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Will Fund More than 160 Classrooms in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton," 12 Aug. 2019 Unsure of what to do or how to help her grieving father, their daughter Lucy called her mother’s care worker Caroline, an immigrant from Ghana, to tell her the news. Cati Coe, The Conversation, "‘Unskilled’ immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans," 25 June 2019 Later, one or more checked on their still grieving friend. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "After cancer took their spouses, couple found new love through grief," 12 Sep. 2019 The couple had separated two weeks before the shooting, and Tiger was also grieving his mother's recent death, Rebecca said. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of people gathered at a local university in the Permian Basin region known for its oil industry Sunday evening for a prayer vigil to console each other and grieve the loss of life. Anchorage Daily News, "FBI: West Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral of going down’," 2 Sep. 2019

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grieve

Dictionary Entries near grieve

griesly

grievance

grievant

grieve

grieveship

grievingly

grievous

Statistics for grieve

Last Updated

2 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for grieve

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for grieve

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 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

Keep scrolling for more

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on grieve

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with grieve

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for grieve

Spanish Central: Translation of grieve

Nglish: Translation of grieve for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of grieve for Arabic Speakers

Comments on grieve

What made you want to look up grieve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

fear of the number 13

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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