\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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Recent Examples on the Web

When King was assassinated, Mr. Lafayette mourned his friend. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fifty years after King’s assassination, the Poor People’s Campaign relaunches," 14 May 2018 The Board of Governors and members of Delaire Country Club mourn the passing of our esteemed member, Simone Spies, on July 6, 2018., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2018 Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. NBC News, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 7 July 2018 The channel's Friday video mourns the death of Gamble, Megan Scraper and Alexey Lyakh. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "'High on Life': Adrenaline-fueled YouTube channel mourns after 3 die in waterfall accident," 7 July 2018 The Best Things to Stream on Netflix This July 4 Celebrate (or mourn) America the right way: by watching TV. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Best Things to Stream on Netflix This July 4," 3 July 2018 Many mourn the loss of a chain that, for some, carries the nostalgic weight of childhood. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Can an unemployed Toys R Us mascot save real giraffes? A Texas zoo wants to find out," 2 July 2018 San Antonians on Monday mourned Edith McAllister, a tiny dynamo who left an indelible impact on every aspect of the city, from education to the arts to medicine. Carmina Danini And Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "McAllister remembered for her generosity, vitality," 2 July 2018 The author, an Alabama native, mourns, yet finds the space for hope. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Alabama’s History Haunts, But It Also Instructs," 27 June 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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Phrases Related to mourn

go into mourning

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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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