\ 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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Helen, mourning the recent death of her mother, finds solace in a group of teenage misfits. Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Why Tupelo Hassman created ‘gods with a little g’ in Rosary, Calif.," 24 Aug. 2019 The six-term Republican senator is seen as one of the greats by his supporters, who mourn the loss of his bipartisan leadership. Maritza Dominguez, azcentral, "One year after John McCain's death, The Gaggle podcast explores the senator's legacy," 21 Aug. 2019 A year ago, the Maryland football team opened its preseason camp still mourning the death of offensive tackle Jordan McNair. Don Markus,, "Six new players to watch on the 2019 Maryland football team," 31 July 2019 That was in 1976, when people were mourning the death of Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. The Economist, "Obituary: Li Peng died on July 22nd," 25 July 2019 In Utah, city and fire officials in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper where Burchett lived and worked mourned his death on Tuesday. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "42-year-old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire," 14 Aug. 2018 Among those mourning the beloved artist were Jeff Feuerzeig, director of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning 2005 documentary The Devil & Daniel Johnston. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "'The Devil & Daniel Johnston' Director Remembers Beloved Artist as 'My Generation's Bob Dylan'," 11 Sep. 2019 The new set of interlinked stories finds the beloved protagonist continuing to connect with others, from a teenager mourning the death of her father to a lawyer grappling with an unwanted inheritance. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 The Post-It notes began appearing on light posts and windows and fences Wednesday morning, not far from the flowers and candles left by those mourning the dead. Erin Glynn,, "'We rise by lifting others:' Post-it notes of support appear at scene of Dayton shooting," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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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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