What does grave mean?

Definitions for grave
ˈgrɑ veɪgrave

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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

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

  2. Grave

    of great weight; heavy; ponderous

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

  3. Grave

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

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

  4. Grave

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

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

  5. Grave

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

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

  6. Grave

    slow and solemn in movement

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

  7. Grave(noun)

    to dig. [Obs.] Chaucer

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

  8. Grave(noun)

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

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

  9. Grave(noun)

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

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

  10. Grave(noun)

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

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

  11. Grave(noun)

    to entomb; to bury

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

  12. Grave(verb)

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

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

  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

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

Freebase

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

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Numerology

  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. Norwegian Hansen:

    Make no mistake we are experiencing events of a seismic nature and they are rocking the very foundations of how our sport is organized and governed, symbolic gestures and cosmetic measures will not be sufficient, this grave and unprecedented situation calls for fundamental reform.

  2. New Jersey:

    Aside from an ongoing Ethics Committee probe, the legal cloud over Menendez appears to be lifting. But he still faces political headwinds in his bid this year for a third Senate term and in his purported attempt to retain the committee post. Menendez’s net approval rating among registered voters has fallen 20 points since the start of 2017 -- the biggest decline of any senator up for 2018 reelection, according to a recent Morning Consult poll based on a survey from October through December 2017. New Jersey voters will continue to be reminded of Menendez's dishonest schemes as the election approaches in November, Republican National Committee spokesman Bob Salera recently said. If Menendez indeed reclaims his top post on the foreign relations committee, he would push aside Maryland New Jersey Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, who now occupies the ranking-member post. The liberal wing of New Jersey Democratic also has expressed concern about Menendez’s return, considering he’s regarded as more moderate than Ben Cardin. Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants, did not support former President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve diplomatic relations with the Cuban government or the Iran nuclear deal, brokered by the Obama administration. Federal prosecutors decided two weeks ago not to retry Menendez on corruption charges, after their case ended last fall in a hung jury. Menendez, 64, was charged with trading his political influence for gifts and campaign contributions from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen. He denied the allegations all along. The prosecutors ’ decision ended Menendez and Melgen’s 11-week trial and their roughly five-year investigation. From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail, Menendez said after prosecutors dropped the case. I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to re-evaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion. However, The New Jersey Democratic senator also issued a warning last year to those who were eager to replace The New Jersey Democratic senator in the Senate. To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I wo n’t forget you.

  3. Evander Candelaria:

    If I don't take it with me to my grave, it was never mine.

  4. RVM:

    Life is a Treasure Hunt and we all have the key to it. Unfortunately, many of us don’t unlock it, but take the key to our grave.

  5. Pope Francis:

    To throw it out can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the church was a grave sin, a crime against divine law.

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