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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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 Labor unions typically grieve all matters of discipline. WSJ, "A Bias in the Selection of Labor Arbitrators," 24 June 2020 One aide in the session described it as a chance to grieve. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Embraces Black Voters, Keeps Distance From Protest Demands," 17 June 2020 Now, her job now was to help families grieve from a distance. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Night Shift," 12 June 2020 At the viewing, family members wanted to be left alone to grieve in peace. Helena Wegner, azcentral, "Family, public gathers for Dion Johnson viewing Thursday as protests continue," 11 June 2020 Usually, mourners help family members grieve at grave sites. Teresa Mathew, The New Yorker, "Professional Mourners’ Laments from Quarantine," 9 June 2020 This comes as relatives and strangers grieve George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery–the latest Black victims of countless deadly police encounters. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Black Lawmakers, Advocates And Community Pushing For Police Reforms," 4 June 2020 Americans across the nation have stopped to commemorate the life and grieve the death of Floyd, 46, who died in the custody of white Minneapolis police officers. Melody Brown-peyton, USA TODAY, "George Floyd to be honored Saturday at North Carolina memorial; mourners asked to wear masks," 4 June 2020 The Trail Blazers organization and players grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have lost their lives in this increasingly familiar manner. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ speak out after George Floyd’s death: ‘Now is ... time to support one another and condemn all prejudice, racism and injustice ...’," 31 May 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Grieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 3 Jul. 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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