\ 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 family tributes come as the nation continues to grieve a spate of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Tex., Tulsa, Okla., Buffalo, N.Y., and elsewhere. Globe Staff,, 6 June 2022 The atmosphere at San Francisco’s Abraham Lincoln High School was somber Wednesday as students and teachers gathered around an impromptu memorial to grieve and reflect on Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2022 Season 6 wraps up as with the finale where The Big Three attend Rebecca’s funeral to grieve and celebrate her life. oregonlive, 24 May 2022 Our faculty and alumni grieve her passing and send our love, support, and condolences to her family and friends. Adam Terro, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2022 Family and friends gathered around Duerson's memorial as many came forward to pray, to grieve and to ask for help to solve this case. Alexi Eastes, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Apr. 2022 For the veterans, that is expressed in who is allowed to grieve and how. NBC News, 1 Apr. 2022 Nick’s learned that you’re supposed to grieve in public and puts that grief on stage where his audience is there for him. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 But she was forced to grieve in public when her husband of 32 years, Dr. Steve Fritz, died in a car crash in September 2014 while commuting to his job at Oregon State Hospital. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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\ 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)

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