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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

synonym study for grieve

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.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH grieve

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

Derived forms of grieve

griever, noungrieving, noun, adjectivegrievingly, adverb

Word Origin for grieve

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

Word Origin for grieve

C15: from Old English (Northumbrian) græfa reeve
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