- to feel grief or great sorrow: She has grieved over his death for nearly three years.
- to distress mentally; cause to feel grief or sorrow: It grieves me to see you so unhappy.
- Archaic. to oppress or wrong.
Origin of grieve
1175–1225; Middle English greven, grieven < Old French grever < Latin gravāre to burden, derivative of gravis heavy, grave2
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1. lament, weep, bewail, bemoan; suffer. Grieve, mourn imply showing suffering caused by sorrow. Grieve is the stronger word, implying deep mental suffering often endured alone and in silence but revealed by one's aspect: to grieve over the loss (or death ) of a friend. Mourn usually refers to manifesting sorrow outwardly, either with or without sincerity: to mourn publicly and wear black. 2. sadden, pain.
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Examples from the Web for grieve
But when we grieve their loss, sadly, we now understand: they died for nothing.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
Yet those days, and March 14 especially, become less of a painful moment to grieve and more of a quiet reminder of what was lost.Memorial Days After Mourning Has Passed
May 25, 2014
When life gets traumatic do you prefer to hunker down and grieve in private, or open up to others?Psychologists View Both Divorce and Marriage as Major Life Stresses
May 12, 2014
Sometimes they wished they knew the loved one had died, at least they could mourn or grieve the loss.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus
April 30, 2014
My healing began when I realized that Jennifer was my child, and I would have to grieve for her and heal on my own.Daily Beast Readers React to YouTube Stillborn Baby Memorials
November 12, 2013
Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.Biographical Stories
Every method which I tried to console her seemed to grieve her more.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
He saw the change, but it did not grieve him; he hailed the omens which he drew from it.Night and Morning, Complete
She did not pine or grieve; she only began slowly to wonder what she could do for Eben now.Hetty's Strange History
I grieve to say that you were right in your estimate of his character.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- to feel or cause to feel great sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
- (tr) obsolete to inflict injury, hardship, or sorrow on
C13: from Old French grever, from Latin gravāre to burden, from gravis heavy
- Scot a farm manager or overseer
C15: from Old English (Northumbrian) græfa reeve
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Word Origin and History for grieve
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