mourn

verb
\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
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 How to pronounce mourningly (audio) \ 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

Former One Directioner Louis Tomlinson is mourning the death of his sister, according to multiple reports. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "BREAKING: Louis Tomlinson's Sister Félicité Tomlinson Found Dead at 18," 15 Mar. 2019 Many elderly Jews here still wear a piece of black cloth at the hem of their trousers, a sign of mourning for the ancient temple’s destruction. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 The small northern Spanish town of Puente San Miguel is observing three days of mourning in honor of hometown hero and rising golf star, Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was murdered on an Iowa golf course more than 4,300 miles away. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Celia Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain mourns her death: 'She was in the best moment of her life'," 19 Sep. 2018 Fans of Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 are mourning the loss of actor Luke Perry today, who died at the age of 52, according to People. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Luke Perry Dies at 52 After 'Massive' Stroke," 4 Mar. 2019 Many fashion fans are still mourning the loss of the old Celine. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Rihanna Can’t Get Enough of Old Celine," 2 Feb. 2019 Nobody is mourning Starbucks here, but papered-over windows aren’t exactly cause for celebration. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 The small cadre of Gazette journalists who survived the rampage are mourning their colleagues and doing their jobs, continuing to write stories from the offices of their sister newspaper, The Baltimore Sun. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Memorial services begin for Capital Gazette victims; paper provides timeline of the horror," 1 July 2018 And like the rest of the rap world, Big Sean is mourning the death of XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot on June 18 in Florida. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Big Sean Talks Kanye West, XXXTentacion, Anxiety and Updates on New Music: 'The Best It's Ever Sounded'," 22 June 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 How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
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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