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Pronunciation: /ɡriːv/

verb

[no object]
1Feel intense sorrow: she grieved for her father
More example sentences
  • ‘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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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

Derivatives

griever

1
noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with grieve

achieve, believe, breve, cleave, conceive, deceive, eve, greave, heave, interleave, interweave, khedive, leave, misconceive, naive, Neve, peeve, perceive, reave, receive, reive, relieve, reprieve, retrieve, sheave, sleeve, steeve, Steve, Tananarive, Tel Aviv, thieve, underachieve, upheave, weave, we've, Yves

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grieve 2 Line breaks: grieve
Pronunciation: /ɡriːv/

noun

Scottish

Origin

Late 15th century: related to reeve1.

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