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[greev] /griv/
verb (used without object), grieved, grieving.
to feel grief or great sorrow:
She has grieved over his death for nearly three years.
verb (used with object), grieved, grieving.
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
Related forms
[gree-vid-lee, greevd-] /ˈgri vɪd li, ˈgrivd-/ (Show IPA),
griever, noun
grievingly, adverb
nongrieved, adjective
nongrieving, adjective
overgrieve, verb, overgrieved, overgrieving.
ungrieved, adjective
ungrieving, adjective
Can be confused
greave, grieve.
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. Unabridged
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  • "I—I can't tell you how shocked, how grieved I am," he said.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • It grieved him extremely to have to say this to his wife in the very first year of their marriage.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • It grieved Francis, however, to see his little band of companions converted into a great and powerful order.

  • Chichester took in the situation in a flash of grieved insight.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Nor, do I think he would deeply have grieved over this way of settling matters between me and Rascall.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • Robert was sorry that he had spoken of the game, because he saw that it grieved his father.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • But Villalobas, a broken old man, was so grieved by the disgrace that he survived the ordeal only a few days.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for grieved


to feel or cause to feel great sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
(transitive) (obsolete) to inflict injury, hardship, or sorrow on
Derived Forms
griever, noun
grieving, noun, adjective
grievingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French grever, from Latin gravāre to burden, from gravis heavy


(Scot) a farm manager or overseer
Word Origin
C15: from Old English (Northumbrian) græfa reeve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grieved



early 13c., "cause pain," from tonic stem of Old French grever "to burden, oppress, aggravate" (see grief). Meaning "be very sad, lament" is from c.1300. Related: Grieved; grieving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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