mourn

verb
\ ˈmȯrn \
mourned; mourning; mourns

Definition of mourn 

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow When he dies, people throughout the world will mourn.
2 : to show the customary signs of grief for a death especially : to wear mourning mourned for thirty days in black clothes
3 : to murmur mournfully used especially of doves

transitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow for mourned the death of his son
2 : to utter mournfully let the whirlwind mourn its requiem— W. S. Gilbert

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Other Words from mourn

mourner noun
mourningly \ ˈmȯr-​niŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

She is still mourning her husband, who died last year. Thousands of people mourned his death. She was mourned by everyone who knew her. She mourned the loss of her youth. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.
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Recent Examples on the Web

As the tight-knit community of Newtown, Connecticut, grieved, the nation mourned with them. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 The victim’s brother, Timothy Cook, mourned her death on Facebook and started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her burial. Max Cohen, Philly.com, "Dismembered and burned body found in rural South Jersey field was that of Vineland woman, 32," 5 July 2018 They were mourned by a couple of hundred people gathered at a temple, a nondescript two-story building in the north of the city, before the bodies were taken to be cremated. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 As his five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings mourn the loss of their loved one, so does his service dog, Sully. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Heart-Wrenching Photo of George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Guarding His Casket," 3 Dec. 2018 In Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, a neighborhood of shops and brick houses that is the heart of the city’s Jewish community, people gathered to mourn but also to move on. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Congregations Lead Nation in Coming Together After Tragedy," 3 Nov. 2018 The Tribune reported that a crowd gathered Sunday to mourn the loss of Steven and demand the release of body cam footage. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Teen Shooting Victim Steven Rosenthal's Family Counters Suicide Ruling," 20 Aug. 2018 On Saturday, 200 friends and riders gathered at 10th and Spring Garden to mourn and remember. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "At 'ghost bike' memorial for lost rider, tears, love and anger," 19 May 2018 On Sunday evening, hundreds of people gathered at the Heroes Monument in Surabaya to mourn the bombing victims, and officials announced that public schools in the city would be closed on Monday. New York Times, "Indonesia Church Bombings Carried Out by Family With Children in Tow," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of mourn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mourn

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory

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The first known use of mourn was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for mourn

mourn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mourn

: to feel or show great sadness because someone has died

: to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something)

mourn

verb
\ ˈmȯrn \
mourned; mourning

Kids Definition of mourn

: to feel or show grief or sorrow especially over someone's death

Other Words from mourn

mourner noun

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