Definition of mourn in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɔːn


[with object]
  • 1Feel or show sorrow for the death of (someone), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black clothes: Isobel mourned her husband [no object]: she mourned for her friends who died in the accident
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    • He was lost in battle to his only enemy, and he was mourned for years after his death by the people who had grown to love him.
    • As well as mourning someone's death, one ought to be able to celebrate their life.
    • In death he was widely mourned, but as much for his joie de vivre as for his rugby.
    grieve for, sorrow over, lament for, weep for, shed tears for/over, wail/keen over
    archaic plain for
  • 1.1Feel regret or sadness about (the loss or disappearance of something): publishers mourned declining sales of hardback fiction
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    • The pub trade in York is now mourning the loss of a good licensing officer who bitterly regrets the part he played in his own downfall.
    • I've always bemoaned these losses, but never exactly mourned the loss of a station.
    • Jillian admitted that she still mourns the loss of her first true love.


Old English murnan, of Germanic origin.

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