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 The uninterrupted platform offered space for Vinterberg to publicly grieve his daughter in an emotional, intimate speech that tugged on viewers' heartstrings and added depth to his piece of work. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Oscars speeches weren't played off this year. It meant Daniel Kaluuya got to shock his mom.," 26 Apr. 2021 Today, Kylie, Conrad's parents and many others connected to both families understandably continue to grieve his loss. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: Godspeed, young Conrad," 17 Apr. 2021 There is a poignancy to this most reserved of women being forced to grieve in public. Catherine Mayer, CNN, "Public sympathy is with the Queen. But the British monarchy may need more than that to survive," 14 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has forced her to grieve mostly alone. Washington Post, "Readers write to Joe Biden ahead of the inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021 His wife of 48 years also tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to grieve alone. Lisa Marie Pane, The Denver Post, "U.S. deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 milestone," 27 May 2020 With this in mind, modern rituals have been developed to allow parents to mourn and grieve a stillborn or miscarriage. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Tazria-Metzorah: The pain of early termination of pregnancy," 13 Apr. 2021 Most had to grieve privately because of lockdown measures. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Deadliest Day From Covid-19 Hit One Year Ago," 7 Apr. 2021 But if the resurrection message of Easter is true, why do people grieve for the dying? San Diego Union-Tribune, "For one San Diego chaplain, it’s Holy Week every day," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Grieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for grieve

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 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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