mourn

verb \ ˈmȯrn \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

mourner

noun

mourningly

play \ˈmȯr-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

  1. She is still mourning her husband, who died last year.

  2. Thousands of people mourned his death.

  3. She was mourned by everyone who knew her.

  4. She mourned the loss of her youth.

  5. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.

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Origin and Etymology of mourn

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



MOURN Defined for English Language Learners

mourn

verb

Definition of mourn for English Language Learners

  • : to feel or show great sadness because someone has died

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


MOURN Defined for Kids

mourn

verb \ ˈmȯrn \

Definition of mourn for Students

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

mourner

noun


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