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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grieve, sorrowverb

    feel grief

  2. grieve, aggrieveverb

    cause to feel sorrow

    "his behavior grieves his mother"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GRIEVEverb

    To afflict; to hurt.

    Etymology: grever, French; griever, Flemish; gravis, Latin.

    For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lu iii. 33.

    Forty years long was I grieved with this generation. Psal.

    It repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Gen. vi. 6.

    Griev’d at the thought, he vow’d his whole endeavour
    Should be to close those breaches. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepm.

  2. To Grieveverb

    To be in pain for something past; to mourn; to sorrow, as for the death of friends.

    Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private to him: look you, he must seem thus to the world. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    With equal mind what happens let us bear;
    Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. Grieve

    The Grieve was a Peruvian automobile that was built in 1908 by Juan Alberto Grieve, a Peruvian engineer with extensive knowledge in combustion engines. The vehicle became the first automobile designed and built in South America. A pioneer in the automobile industry, Grieve decided to build a car that would be powerful enough to overcome the bad roads and difficult terrain of Peru. The car was developed at Grieve's workshop in Lima, and the only imported elements of the vehicle were the tires from Michelin, the Bosch starter and the carburetor. The car had five seats, two in front and three at the back. Those at the back were removable, leaving an area for haulage. The vehicle had four cylinders, and the motor had a power of 20HP with 1800 revolutions per minute. Thanks to the elasticity of the engine, this was able to be reduced to 200 revolutions. The cost of the car was 300 pounds, half of what a European car of equal power cost. The car was called “Grieve” after its owner, and the plans were patented. The idea was to commercialize the enterprise and build a fleet of 20 more cars. Grieve decided to speak with President Augusto B. Leguía to, under the sponsorship of the Government, construct three vehicles for the post office, and three more for the city council. The answer from the president was: “We need the products of advanced countries and not experiments with Peruvian products.“


  1. grieve

    To grieve is to feel or express intense sorrow or distress, typically as a result of a loss, disappointment, or a tragic event. The process may involve feelings of sadness, regret, guilt, or anger, and is often associated with the death of a loved one. Its intensity and duration can vary greatly from person to person. Grieving can also refer to the act of mourning, a public display of such feelings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grievenoun

    alt. of Greeve

  2. Grieveverb

    to occasion grief to; to wound the sensibilities of; to make sorrowful; to cause to suffer; to afflict; to hurt; to try

  3. Grieveverb

    to sorrow over; as, to grieve one's fate

  4. Grieveverb

    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

  5. Etymology: [OE. greven, OF. grever, fr. L. gravare to burden, oppress, fr. gravis heavy. See Grief.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grieve

    See Greeve.

  2. Grieve

    grēv, v.t. to cause grief or pain of mind to: to make sorrowful: to vex: (B.) also to inflict bodily pain.—v.i. to feel grief: to mourn.—n. Griev′ance, cause of grief: burden: hardship: injury: grief.—adv. Griev′ingly (Shak.), in sorrow, sorrowfully.—adj. Griev′ous, causing grief: burdensome: painful: atrocious: hurtful.—adv. Griev′ously, in a grievous manner: (B.) severely.—n. Griev′ousness. [O. Fr. grever—L. gravāre, gravis, heavy.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grieve is ranked #14178 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grieve surname appeared 2,118 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Grieve.

    94.8% or 2,009 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 63 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of grieve in a Sentence

  1. Justin Nelson and Kristi Warriner:

    He has been struggling but has made great improvements, we still grieve but keep strong for JJ.

  2. Tim Jones:

    At this time, we need to use all our strength to say goodbye to our grandchildren and be allowed privacy to grieve.

  3. Eugene Lam:

    Laughter is the best form of medicine. For when we laugh, we neither think, grieve, or feel.

  4. Bhagavad Gita:

    Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.

  5. Matthew Huang:

    This has been an emotional trial for me and my family, grace and I want to go home and be reunited with our sons. We have not been able to grieve our daughter's death, but we want to thank the judge for today's decision.

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