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grieve

[ greev ]
/ griv /
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verb (used without object), grieved, griev·ing.

to feel grief or great sorrow: She has grieved over his death for nearly three years.

verb (used with object), grieved, griev·ing.

to distress mentally; cause to feel grief or sorrow: It grieves me to see you so unhappy.
Archaic. to oppress or wrong.

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Origin of grieve

1175–1225; Middle English greven, grieven from Old French grever from Latin gravāre “to burden,” derivative of gravis “heavy,” grave2
1. 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.
greave, grieve
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British Dictionary definitions for grieve (1 of 2)

grieve1
/ (ɡriːv) /

verb

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
griever, noungrieving, noun, adjectivegrievingly, adverb
C13: from Old French grever, from Latin gravāre to burden, from gravis heavy

British Dictionary definitions for grieve (2 of 2)

grieve2
/ (ɡriːv) /

noun

Scot a farm manager or overseer
C15: from Old English (Northumbrian) græfa reeve
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