\ 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 Jackson also has been a good sounding board for 18-year-old Henry, graduating from Boulder High School and planning to attend the University of Puget Sound, as Henry mourns missed traditions with friends. New York Times, "With Two 2020 Graduates, Finding New Ways to Graduate Together," 18 May 2020 At times, mourning the events that have been taken away from the Class of 2020 feels selfish and inconsiderate., "Brooklyn Blevins encourages classmates to celebrate graduation in spite of the challenges," 17 May 2020 As soon as the news broke, his name and links to his songs filled social media as people mourned the loss of the 2-time Grammy winner. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Social media reacts to singer/songwriter John Prine's death from coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 There will be three minutes of silence at 10 a.m. Saturday as people nationwide in China mourn those who died. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Mobile Game Servers to Shutter for 24 Hours in Coronavirus Memorial," 3 Apr. 2020 The news rocked the sports world today as athletes publicly mourned the loss of one of basketball’s star athletes. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in a helicopter crash," 26 Jan. 2020 The total recoveries now stand at 198,993 in the U.S. 7:00 a.m. Celebrities, fans and politicians mourn iconic entertainer, Roy Horn, the famed performer of the Las Vegas illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know about May 9," 9 May 2020 So, the names kept coming, day after day, mourning Russia’s wartime martyrs at a staggering rate of more than 6,000 a minute. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Russia Was Ready to Celebrate a Glorious Past. The Present Intervened.," 8 May 2020 Women wore mourning black and men wore black armbands. Julie Flynn Badal, Quartz, "What we lose when we grieve in isolation," 7 May 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Mourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce mourn (audio)

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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