Definitions for graveˈgrɑ veɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.

  2. any place of interment:

    a watery grave.

  3. the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past:

    the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.

  4. death:

    O grave, where is thy victory?

Idioms for grave:

  1. have one foot in the grave,to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make someone turn over in his or her grave,to do something that would have been unthinkably offensive to a specified person now dead.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of grave:

bef. 1000; ME; OE græf, c. OS graf, OHG grap; see grave3

grave′ward(adv.; adj.)

grave′wards(adv.; adj.)

grave*greɪv; for 4, 6 also grɑv(adj.; n.)grav•er, grav•est

  1. (adj.)serious or solemn; sober:

    grave thoughts of an uncertain future.

  2. weighty; momentous:

    grave responsibilities.

  3. threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical:

    a grave situation.

  4. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing a grave accent.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: grave accent.

* Syn: grave , sober , solemn refer to the condition of being serious in demeanor or appearance. grave indicates a dignified seriousness due to heavy responsibilities or cares: The jury looked grave while pondering the evidence. sober implies a determined but sedate and restrained manner: a wise and sober judge. solemn suggests an impressive and earnest seriousness marked by the absence of gaiety or mirth: The minister's voice was solemn as he announced the text.

Origin of grave:

1535–45; < MF < L gravis; akin to Gk barýs heavy


gravegreɪv(v.t.)graved, grav•en; graved, grav•ing.

  1. to carve, sculpt, or engrave.

  2. to impress deeply.

Origin of grave:

bef. 1000; ME; OE grafan to dig, engrave, c. OHG, Go graban, ON grafa


gravegreɪv(v.t.)graved, grav•ing.

  1. to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of grave:

1425–75; late ME

gra•ve*ˈgrɑ veɪ

  1. (adj.)slow; solemn.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (adv.)slowly; solemnly.

    Category: Music and Dance

* Music..

Origin of grave:

1575–85; < It grave < L gravis heavy; see grave2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grave(noun)

    death of a person

    "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"

  2. grave, tomb(noun)

    a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)

    "he put flowers on his mother's grave"

  3. grave accent, grave(adj)

    a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

  4. grave, sedate, sober, solemn(adj)

    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"

  5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

  6. grave, grievous, heavy, weighty(verb)

    of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

    "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"

  7. sculpt, sculpture, grave(verb)

    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

    "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"

  8. scratch, engrave, grave, inscribe(verb)

    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

    "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grave(adjective)ɪv

    (of a situation) serious and worrying

    a grave threat/concern; Rain forests are in grave danger.

  2. graveɪv

    (of a person) looking serious or worried

    a grave expression

  3. grave(noun)ɪv

    a place where sb is buried

    an unmarked grave

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grave(verb)

    to clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch; -- so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose

  2. Grave

    of great weight; heavy; ponderous

  3. Grave

    of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc

  4. Grave

    not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face

  5. Grave

    not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key

  6. Grave

    slow and solemn in movement

  7. Grave(noun)

    to dig. [Obs.] Chaucer

  8. Grave(noun)

    to carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave

  9. Grave(noun)

    to carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image

  10. Grave(noun)

    to impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly

  11. Grave(noun)

    to entomb; to bury

  12. Grave(verb)

    to write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving

  13. Grave(noun)

    an excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction


  1. Grave

    A grave is a location where a dead body is buried. Graves are usually located in special areas set aside for the purpose of burial, such as graveyards or cemeteries. Certain details of a grave, such as the state of the body found within it and any objects found with the body, may provide information for archaeologists about how the body may have lived before its death, including the time period in which it lived and the culture that it had been a part of. In some religions, it is believed that the body must be burned for the soul to survive; in others, the complete decomposition

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grave' in Nouns Frequency: #1944

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a grave responsibility; grave decisions.

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