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Meaning of grieve by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP, US: ) IPA: /ɡɹiːv/, X-SAMPA: /gri:v/
    • Rhymes: -iːv

    Etymology 1

    From Old English grœfa


    grieve ( plural: grieves )

    1. ( obsolete ) A governor of a town or province .
    2. ( chiefly Scotland ) A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm .
    Derived terms
    • grieveship

    Etymology 2

    From Old French grever ( “to burden” ), from Latin gravare, from adjective gravis ( “grave” ) .


    grieve ( third-person singular simple present grieves present participle grieving, simple past and past participle grieved )

    1. ( transitive ) To cause sorrow or distress .
    2. ( transitive ) To feel very sad about; to mourn; to sorrow for .
    3. ( intransitive ) To experience grief .
    4. ( transitive, archaic ) To harm .
    5. ( transitive ) To submit or file a grievance .
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Explanation of grieve by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. feel grief

    2. cause to feel sorrow

    3. his behavior grieves his mother

    Definition of grieve by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Grieve ( grēv ), Greeve, n. [AS. gerēfa. Cf. Reeve an officer.] A manager of a farm, or overseer of any work; a reeve; a manorial bailiff. [Scot.]

      Their children were horsewhipped by the grieve. Sir W. Scott.

    2. Grieve ( grēv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grieved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grieving.] [OE. greven, OF. grever, fr. L. gravare to burden, oppress, fr. gravis heavy. See Grief.]
      1. To occasion grief to; to wound the sensibilities of; to make sorrowful; to cause to suffer; to afflict; to hurt; to try.

      Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Eph. iv. 30.

      The maidens grieved themselves at my concern. Cowper,

      2. To sorrow over; as, “to grieve one's fate”. [R.]

    3. Grieve, v. i. To feel grief; to be in pain of mind on account of an evil; to sorrow; to mourn; -- often followed by at, for, or over.

      Do not you grieve at this. Shak.