- 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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- 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 griever
"one who causes grief," 1590s, agent noun from grieve. Meaning "one who feels grief" is from 1819.
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