grieve

verb

grieved; grieving

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.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English greven, from Anglo-French grever, from Latin gravare to burden, from gravis heavy, grave; akin to Greek barys heavy, Sanskrit guru

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grieve was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grieve. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

grieve

verb
grieved; grieving
1
: to cause grief or suffering to : distress
2
: to feel or express grief
3
: to submit a formal grievance concerning
griever noun
Etymology

Middle English greven "to distress, grieve," from early French grever (same meaning), from Latin gravare "to burden," from gravis "heavy, serious" — related to aggravate, grave entry 3, gravity

Medical Definition

grieve

verb
grieved; grieving

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
griever noun
Antidepressants do not ease the longing for the deceased that grievers feel. Virginia Hughes, Scientific American

Legal Definition

grieve

verb
grieved; grieving

transitive verb

: to submit (a grievance) to a grievance procedure
wage claims…had been contractually grievedM. 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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