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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Every family is grieving Rendell in their own way, though Locke & Key doesn't seek to externalize this across the house in ways as ambitious or unsettling as Hill House did. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 7 Feb. 2020 The grieving parents came to the moment in witness, applauding Mr. Trump, the avenger. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The State of Our Union Is . . . Entertaining," 5 Feb. 2020 Especially since, at this point in the story, Katy has grieved through the death of her beloved mother, single mom Katherine Keene (Samantha Smart). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Katy Keene Review: The World Is Stressful. This Is Your Sunny Little Oasis," 5 Feb. 2020 Susan Reichert, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Many people are grieving. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider biologist denies suspicions of widespread data fraud in his animal personality research," 31 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, families are grieving the nine people who died Sunday -- including 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Darran Simon, CNN, "Kobe Bryant's helicopter was 20 to 30 feet from clearing a hilltop when it crashed, investigators say," 29 Jan. 2020 Throughout the night, and in the days following, people thanked us for giving them a place to gather, grieve, and be together. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "How an Ex-Pat Bake Sale Raised $24K For Australia," 26 Jan. 2020 Medical ethicists acknowledge that the clinical definition of death doesn't always align neatly with the layperson's understanding of it, especially that of grieving parents. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "A mother's prayers answered: Teen declared brain-dead to stay on life support," 23 Dec. 2019 Not everyone grieves in the same way, drowning in an ocean of tears, so please do not judge yourself harshly — or at all. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Daughter’s questions unsettle her parents’ longtime friends," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Grieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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