What does Grave mean?

Definitions for Grave
ˈgrɑ veɪGrave

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Grave.

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"

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

  14. Origin: [AS. gr?f, fr. grafan to dig; akin to D. & OS. graf, G. grab, Icel. grf, Russ. grob' grave, coffin. See Grave to carve.]


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grave

    grāv, v.t. to carve or cut on a hard substance: to engrave.—v.i. to engrave:—pa.p. graved or grāv′en.n. a pit graved or dug out, esp. one in which to bury the dead: any place of burial: the abode of the dead: (fig.) death: destruction.—n.pl. Grave′-clothes, the clothes in which the dead are buried.—n. Grave′-dig′ger, one who digs graves.—adj. Grave′less (Shak.), without a grave, unburied.—ns. Grave′-mak′er (Shak.), a grave-digger; Grave′-stone, a stone laid over, or placed at the head of, a grave as a memorial; Grave′yard, a yard or enclosure used as a burial-ground.—With one foot in the grave, on the very borders of death. [A.S. grafan; Dut. graven, Ger. graben; Gr. graphein, to scratch, L. scribĕre, to write.]

  2. Grave

    grāv, v.t. to smear with graves or greaves, a mixture of tallow, rosin, &c. boiled together.—ns.pl. Graves, Greaves, tallow-drippings. [See Greaves.]

  3. Grave

    grāv, adj. of importance: serious: not gay or showy: sober: solemn; weighty: (mus.) not acute: low.—n. the grave accent, or its sign (`).—adv. Grave′ly.—n. Grave′ness. [Fr.,—L. gravis.]

  4. Grave

    grāv, n. a count, prefect, a person holding office, as in landgrave, margrave, burgrave, &c. [Dut. graaf, Ger. graf.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Grave in a Sentence

  1. Andres Martinez:

    I know the grave was here.

  2. Rudyard Kipling:

    There's no jealousy in the grave.

  3. Miguel de Cervantes:

    I shall be as secret as the grave.

  4. The Old Man grumbling:

    You guys are gonna put me in my grave.

  5. Mike Bush:

    Its a very serious and grave situation.

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