\ 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 mourn (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 Quickly, filmmakers, fans, and former employees took to Twitter to publicly mourn the loss, with reactions ranging from stand-alone expletives to sorrow to denial — and also some priceless remembrances. Max Cea, Vulture, "Why ArcLight Hollywood Was More Than a Movie Theater," 15 Apr. 2021 The accompanying music video for the song and its lyrics mourn the bustling life before the pandemic. Omar Sanchez,, "Mick Jagger bemoans life under lockdown and mocks anti-vaxxers in surprise new song with Dave Grohl," 13 Apr. 2021 Crump said in a statement Monday that the country must mourn the loss of Wright even as people still grapple with the death of Floyd less than a year ago. NBC News, "Minnesota police chief says he believes officer meant to grab Taser before shooting Black man during traffic stop," 13 Apr. 2021 Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan share poignant tribute to Prince Philip; more royals mourn his death Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shared a touching tribute to Prince Philip Friday. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip's funeral; Meghan advised by doctor not to fly to UK," 10 Apr. 2021 The pandemic has drastically altered the way people can mourn the loss of a loved one, as funerals were restricted and adult support groups were not convening to the same extent, said Bocanegra. Emma Tucker And Peter Nickeas, CNN, "The US saw significant crime rise across major cities in 2020. And it's not letting up," 3 Apr. 2021 Until a generation or two ago, memorials were built to glorify, to mourn, or both. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How Will We Remember This?," 15 Mar. 2021 Others still mourn the way their traditions used to be. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Rethinking life’s milestones with the end of the pandemic in sight," 9 Mar. 2021 As Mexicans mourn the latest high-profile killing, some hope attention around the globe can prompt change. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "A woman’s death in Mexico fueled outrage. Can it fuel police reform?," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Mourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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)


\ 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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