There are 2 main definitions of grieve in English:


Syllabification: grieve
Pronunciation: /ɡrēv


[no object]
1Suffer grief: 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, sorrow, be sorrowful;
cry, sob, weep, shed tears, weep and wail, beat one's breast
1.1 [with object] Feel grief for or because of: she did not have the opportunity to grieve her 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): what grieves you, my son? [with object]: 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.
sadden, upset, distress, pain, hurt, wound, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed


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



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  • 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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Entry from British & World English dictionary


An overseer, manager, or bailiff on a farm.


late 15th century: related to reeve1.

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