\ 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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Everyone’s mourning the loss of Phoebe Philo’s Céline, with an accent, but what about her years at Chloé? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 Police confirmed that the man being mourned during the memorial service was related to the Walker family. Fox News, "Girl, 4 others shot during memorial service expected to live," 21 Sep. 2018 She will also be mourned by her beloved pets, her German Shepherd Sophia and her guinea pig Marvin. Hartford Courant,, "Ashley L. Rakus," 10 July 2018 After a deadly rampage in their newsroom, journalists cover their own tragedy Journalists in Annapolis, Maryland, who survived Thursday's rampage at the Capital Gazette are covering their own tragedy while mourning the loss of five lives. USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 1 July 2018 Pulse's family, soon after the shooting, offered a statement mourning the violence, sending prayers for Roston's recovery, and asking the community to reserve judgment. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "'Is this how it ends?' wondered Lyft driver shot in Liberty. It wasn't," 17 June 2018 Sabika was mourned Sunday at a ceremony in a Houston-area mosque and her body was expected to arrive in Karachi late Tuesday for a Wednesday funeral. NBC News, "Pakistani father of Santa Fe victim urges Trump to stop school massacres," 22 May 2018 Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fall TV 2018: Watch Trailers for All the New Broadcast Shows (So Far)," 13 May 2018 The new album will be their first Korean release since Jonghyun died by suicide last year, a tragic loss that was mourned by the K-pop industry and fans around the world. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "SHINee to Return With 10th Anniversary Album in May," 30 Apr. 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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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 \
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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