\ 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

The Internet is not pleased, with many Game of Thrones Twitter fans mourning Rhaegal and calling for Daenerys to avenge his death. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rhaegal Died on Game of Thrones and the Internet Is Losing It," 6 May 2019 The people running it, however, would take time to mourn and then move forward with his dream. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Well-known tattoo artist identified as victim in weekend shooting | The Kansas City Star," 13 May 2018 One goddess can both mourn a death and celebrate release. Rebecca Farley,, "Jhené Aiko Literally Has A Funeral For Her Ex's Ego In The "Never Call Me" Video," 20 Mar. 2018 Perry's costars and fellow Hollywood stars mourned his death and pay tribute to him on social media. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hollywood Mourns the Death of 90210 and Riverdale Star Luke Perry," 5 Mar. 2019 On June 25, chefs like Jose Andres, Richard Blais, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern continued to mourn their friend with heartfelt posts on social media in celebration of his birthday. Madison Roberts,, "Andrew Zimmern and More Chefs Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain on What Would Have Been His 62nd Birthday," 25 June 2018 The Beaudette family continues to mourn their loss while trying to make sense of the tragedy. CBS News, "Father killed while camping with daughters at Malibu Creek State Park," 25 June 2018 Avicii died earlier this year from an apparent suicide, and the dance and pop world continues to mourn his absence. Kat Bein, Billboard, "ARTY Dedicates New Song to Avicii: Watch," 19 June 2018 Making the Best of It Mr. Bennett and Mr. Davies continue to mourn the United States’ absence from the World Cup. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The Books Are Ready for the World Cup. The Team Was Not.," 6 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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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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