an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave.
any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.
death: O grave, where is thy victory?
Idioms about grave
have one foot in the grave, to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent: It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave.
make (one) turn / turn over in one's grave, to do something to which a specified dead person would have objected bitterly: This production of Hamlet is enough to make Shakespeare turn in his grave.
- graveless, adjective
- gravelike, adjective
- graveward, gravewards, adverb, adjective
Other definitions for grave (2 of 5)
serious or solemn; sober: a grave person;grave thoughts.
weighty, momentous, or important: grave responsibilities.
threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical: a grave situation;a grave illness.
spoken on a low or falling pitch.
Orthography. noting or having a particular diacritic (`) indicating originally a comparatively low pitch (as in French père), distinct syllabic value (as in English belovèd), etc. (opposed to acute).
(of colors) dull; somber.
Phonetics, Orthography. the grave accent.
- gravely, adverb
- graveness, noun
- un·grave·ly, adverb
- gravely , gravelly
Other definitions for grave (3 of 5)
to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
to impress deeply: graven on the mind.
- graver, noun
Other definitions for grave (4 of 5)
to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).
How to use grave in a sentence
Albert Einstein, for one, went to his grave convinced that the theory had to be just a steppingstone to a more complete description of nature, one that would do away with the disturbing quirks of the quantum.A New Theorem Maps Out the Limits of Quantum Physics | Anil Ananthaswamy | December 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
This is a grave loss, as our social identity helps us understand our reality, the world we live in, and our place within it.3 things leaders can do right now to inspire progress in the face of collective trauma | Alain Sylvain | December 2, 2020 | Quartz
Until now, many researchers thought typical hunting items found in the graves of ancient women were cutting or scraping tools.
It isn’t a good thing to go to your grave holding onto your knowledge with nobody able to build upon what you did.‘Lovers Rock’—The Story Behind The Music In Steve McQueen’s Tribute To Reggae | cmurray | November 28, 2020 | Essence.com
Similarly, to see a 130-year-old mass grave surrounded by acres of poverty provides a new level of understanding.A South Dakota Story: Andrew Jackson, Indian Killer | Eugene Robinson | November 26, 2020 | Ozy
The next day we sailed so high as our boat would float, there setting up crosses and graving our names on trees.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
The graving docks occupy the dug-out site of the former New Mole Parade.
If love is to be procured, the graving must be done under proper and friendly aspects, as in the hour of Venus.The Mysteries of All Nations | James Grant
Literally beech- (book-) runes, from being used for book writing or graving on thin leaves of beech (bok), whence our book.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
In most societies painting held a monopoly, but, in his, sculpture and "graving" should have equal importance.The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for grave (1 of 5)
a place for the burial of a corpse, esp beneath the ground and usually marked by a tombstone: Related adjective: sepulchral
something resembling a grave or resting place: the ship went to its grave
the grave a poetic term for death
have one foot in the grave informal to be near death
to make someone turn in his grave or to make someone turn over in his grave to do something that would have shocked or distressed (someone now dead): many modern dictionaries would make Dr Johnson turn in his grave
British Dictionary definitions for grave (2 of 5)
serious and solemn: a grave look
full of or suggesting danger: a grave situation
important; crucial: grave matters of state
(of colours) sober or dull
(of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken on a lower or falling musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels
of or relating to an accent (`) over vowels, denoting a pronunciation with lower or falling musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with certain special quality (as in French), or in a manner that gives the vowel status as a syllable nucleus not usually possessed by it in that position (as in English agèd): Compare acute (def. 8), circumflex
a grave accent
- gravely, adverb
- graveness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for grave (3 of 5)
to cut, carve, sculpt, or engrave
to fix firmly in the mind
British Dictionary definitions for grave (4 of 5)
(tr) nautical to clean and apply a coating of pitch to (the bottom of a vessel)
British Dictionary definitions for grave (5 of 5)
music to be performed in a solemn manner
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grave
see dig one's own grave; from the cradle to the grave; one foot in the grave; turn in one's grave.
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