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 This can help families avoid being taken advantage of while grieving, Johnson said. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 And some people accused the prime minister of grieving only over the mosque, and not for the family of the dead woman. New York Times, "Norway Police Investigate Mosque Attack as Attempted ‘Act of Terrorism’," 11 Aug. 2019 In the age of oversharing, even grieving has gone viral, and social media has turned everyone into a hot-winded eulogist. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A (Candid) Guide to Celebrity Death Etiquette," 6 Aug. 2019 But how does one reconcile grieving for someone who previously abused them? Jacy Topps, Allure, "The Complex Process of Grieving Your Abuser," 30 July 2019 One key element is missing, however — Rhoda’s incessant piano playing as her mother grieves over a grisly murder. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: ‘Bad Seed’ still a good chiller," 16 July 2019 Online dating offered the allure of a respite from grieving. Katie Hawkins-gaar, Glamour, "My Husband Died. Four Months Later, I Started Dating Again," 11 July 2019 The study is the first to scientifically describe what may be grieving in hippos, complete with video footage. National Geographic, "Mother hippo may be grieving dead baby in new video," 19 June 2019 Family members are now in the process of grieving the death of their loved one and focusing on helping Dana, who is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $500,000 bond on an aggravated murder charge. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Family struggled to find mental-health services for Cleveland woman accused of beating mother to death with hammer," 17 June 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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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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