- 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 grieved
And also if you have a taste for excellent television you would have watched it already and grieved alongside the rest of us.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’
September 13, 2014
“The thing that I grieved most about that day was the fact that I had to withdraw my green-card application,” Sullivan said.Marco Rubio, the Secret Service Scandal, and More Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
April 22, 2012
A few days later, she grieved and prayed as Eunice was laid to rest, surrounded by the survivors among her 11 children.Camelot's Last Lady
August 26, 2009
I was oppressed, grieved, sickened, at the sad presentation of humanity.
Ned has grieved for her with bitter self-reproach, though he is happy with Milly.
Before that grieved organ-tone of reproach, Kitty's eyes filled.
But here, I am grieved to tell you, happened a sad misfortune.Tanglewood Tales
I am grieved to be driven to have recourse to the following artifices.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- 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 grieved
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