verb (used without object), grieved, griev·ing.
verb (used with object), grieved, griev·ing.
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What does grieve mean?
To grieve is to feel or express intense grief—mental or emotional suffering or distress caused by loss or regret.
Grieve often means the same thing as mourn. It’s especially used in the context of someone who is mourning the death of a loved one.
However, the word can also be used in the context of other situations involving loss or regret, such as the end of a relationship or the loss of a job.
Less commonly, grieve can mean to cause someone to feel grief, as in It grieves me to see you so sad.
Grieve should not be confused with bereave, which means to take away and leave devastated. Those who are grieving are those who have been bereaved.
Example: After losing someone close, it’s important to take the time to grieve.
Where does grieve come from?
The first records of the word grieve come from around 1200. It comes from the Latin verb gravāre, meaning “to burden,” from gravis, “heavy.” The same root forms the basis of the words gravity and the adjective grave meaning “serious.”
People who are grieving—and those who try to help them deal with their grief—often become familiar with the popular theory that there are five stages of grief, which was developed by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. According to Kübler-Ross, the five stages of grief are:
- Denial (This stage involves difficulty believing that what has happened is real.)
- Anger (This involves frustration that it has happened to you.)
- Bargaining (This can involve thinking about “what if” and trying to find some way out of what has happened.)
- Depression. (This involves the sorrow that comes with the realization that what has happened is real and nothing can be done to change it.)
- Acceptance. (This stage involves accepting what has happened and attempting to move on.)
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What are some other forms related to grieve?
- grieving (continuous tense verb, noun)
- grievingly (adverb)
- griever (noun)
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How is grieve used in real life?
Grieve is most commonly used in the context of someone who is mourning the death of a loved one. But it can also be used in other situations involving loss.
"When you're in that bubble, all you want to do is talk about it." Watch mum Lynette talk about how having a safe haven such as #WoodlandHouse will help break the taboo of pregnancy and baby loss, and provide specialist support to parents who are grieving. https://t.co/WF9SYWrhKp pic.twitter.com/MBVDWtMtop
— Bham Women's Hosp (@BWH_NHS) July 12, 2019
A friend of mine said grieving feels like being under water. It’s true.
I’m moving so slowly. Everything feels muddled and vague. My body doesn’t feel solid and I’m struggling to grab on to things but I can’t seem to hold anyone or anything too tightly.
Be patient with me.
— Amanda Quraishi (@ImTheQ) October 10, 2020
Why it's important to grieve career transitions:
"Dealing with bouts of grief instead of ignoring them can help you better navigate the complex emotions of leaving a job you love and starting fresh somewhere new."https://t.co/WNadfpnVJC pic.twitter.com/qP3UeBbQWN
— Jennifer Polk, PhD (@FromPhDtoLife) January 11, 2019
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Is grieve used correctly in the following sentence?
To all the families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, I offer you my sincere condolences.
Example sentences from the Web for grieve
We can’t ignore this holiday season how many families are grieving, how many families are without jobs and don’t have the same discretionary spending for gifting…and I think it would be remiss for any marketer or business leader to forget about that.‘On a lot of people’s minds right now’: DTC startups are in a holding pattern until after the election|Anna Hensel|October 30, 2020|Digiday
The photographs are one more thing to help them bond and grieve more completely.Chrissy Teigen and John Legend publicly grieve the death of baby Jack|Ellen McGirt|October 1, 2020|Fortune
Still, she and the rest of Electric’s executives realize that this year has fundamentally hurt its workers—and that they will need support to continue grieving for years to come.
Millions of women across America and the world are grieving Ginsburg’s passing like their own bubbie had died.Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing feels like millions of women have lost their bubbie|jakemeth|September 22, 2020|Fortune
Most protests are largely peaceful, but “Citizens gather, grieve, and leave” is no story at all.How an overload of riot porn is driving conflict in the streets|Bobbie Johnson|September 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
But when we grieve their loss, sadly, we now understand: they died for nothing.
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.
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|Emma Woolf|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Katie Baker|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Brandy Zadrozny|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It does grieve me, my ever dearest Miss Mitford, to hear of the suffering which has fallen upon you!The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)|Frederic G. Kenyon
Then why should I grieve or terrify myself about what may come?Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)|Robert Paltock
It will grieve me so to the heart, that I shall cry my eyes out.Familiar Quotations|John Bartlett
We grieve when we should rather rejoice that God has made us feel our need of Him, and called us again to our true blessedness.Judges and Ruth|Robert A. Watson
If you grieve and lament because of this, do you think that I am surprised?Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes