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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Her family grieves deeply over the sudden loss of this most beautiful person. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Lucy Hinton," 27 June 2018 Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at grieving relatives and rights advocates who gathered outside the jail overnight demanding information. Ana Vanessa Herrero, BostonGlobe.com, "Venezuela jail fire highlights troubles," 29 Mar. 2018 Tiran still grieving, expressed to PEOPLE magazine some sentiments of his late wife. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence.com, "GoFundMe Set Up For Family Of Atlanta Woman Killed In Bahamas Boat Accident On Her Anniversary Raises $140K," 12 July 2018 As the news of Phelps’ sudden passing spread on Facebook, tributes from grieving Trinity parents, alumni, teachers and staff began appearing on the school’s Facebook page. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Trinity School remembers Sister Catherine Phelps," 6 July 2018 Image For days, the city has grieved Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, from the bodega where he was killed to the wake where the police commissioner was among the mourners to the funeral Mass on Wednesday, barely a half mile from where he was stabbed. New York Times, "Bronx Mourns Teenager Killed in Vicious Attack," 27 June 2018 Given the systematic killing of black people across U.S. history, mourners have had to invent ways of grieving not only the dead but also the living, for whom the possibility of sudden and arbitrary death is all too real. Dagmawi Woubshet, The Atlantic, "Revisiting King's Final and Most Haunting Sermon," 1 Apr. 2018 Everyone is grieving the loss of a very special, magical place. Susan Hoffman, latimes.com, "Volcanic eruption turns former Newport residents' Hawaiian dream to ashes," 16 June 2018 Debra Davis was grieving the death of her son Phillip Samuel Davis Jr. when Beckman entered her life in January 2010. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford Woman Who Lost Her Son To Gun Violence Comforts Others Who Suffer Tragedies," 14 June 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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