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

In mourning at 10305 Wetherburn Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/7," 7 June 2019 The flag is flown at half-staff when the nation is in mourning, such as for the death of government official or for remembrance. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 Instead of mourning the loss of your beach days, consider the changing of the seasons as an excuse to totally revamp your beauty routine. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Must-Have Fall Beauty Products to Last You All Season," 28 Aug. 2018 Members of the gang, after collecting ransom money and still killing their hostages, would even go to their victims’ funerals and mourn with the parents. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018 The death of AOL Instant Messenger was one of those large scale internet mourning events marking a passage of an era. Chris Morris, Fortune, "AIM Phoenix: Revival of the Once-Popular Messaging Service or Digital Zombie?," 27 June 2018 No mourning parents pleaded with the president and members of Congress to change the nation's gun laws. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "As mourning Texans gather for a vigil, word spreads of who was killed in the school shooting," 19 May 2018 The world mourned upon news famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 last week. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Stephen Hawking Submitted His Final, Game-Changing Paper on Alternate Universes 2 Weeks Before He Died," 19 Mar. 2018 So go ahead and mourn the loss of normality, then roll up your sleeves and be a father. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Parents get to learn the power of patience," 12 Mar. 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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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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