There are 2 main definitions of grieve in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡriːv


[no object]
1Feel intense sorrow: she grieved for her father
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  • ‘I've buried my son and grieved for him, but now I want to know what happened and nobody's coming up with any answers,’ said the mother-of-three.
  • Kidman plays Anna, a well-heeled Manhattanite who has grieved for her dead husband Sean for a decade; trying to move on, she is preparing to re-marry.
  • Silent tears washed away the blood on our faces as we grieved for our lost comrades.
mourn, lament, be mournful, be sorrowful, sorrow, be sad, be miserable;
cry, sob, weep, shed tears, keen, weep and wail, beat one's breast;
suffer, ache, be in anguish, be distressed, be in distress, eat one's heart out
1.1 [with object] Feel intense sorrow about: he is still grieving his mother’s death
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  • And as the size of the death-toll becomes clearer, I fear there will be scarcely a community in our country where families are not grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • There is no reading, there are no words, that can truly comfort those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones today.
  • They are also grieving the loss of my beloved son.
1.2 [with object] Cause great distress to (someone): [with object and infinitive]: it grieves me to think of you in that house alone
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  • The death of any innocent person should grieve us all regardless of nationality, political affiliation, wealth, creed, race, colour or gender.
  • It grieves me to see people smoking, especially young people and, in particular, young girls.
  • It grieves me to think all our hard work is being spoilt by a minority.
hurt, wound, pain, harrow, sting, gall;
sadden, upset, distress, devastate, cause suffering to, crush, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed, hit someone hard


Middle English (also in the sense 'harm, oppress'): from Old French grever 'burden, encumber', based on Latin gravare, from gravis 'heavy, grave' (see grave2).



Example sentences
  • The only sound heard over the murmur of the grievers was the opening and closing of the church doors.
  • It is important for grievers to find at least one person with whom they can share their true feelings.
  • It can be comforting to the griever to know that you are not frightened away by his or her grief.

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