Main definitions of grieve in English

: grieve1grieve2

grieve1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Feel intense sorrow:

    ‘she grieved for her father’
    • ‘‘When he knew his cancer was untreatable, he told us he had no regrets except that he was leaving my mother to grieve,’ Richard said.’
    • ‘When he met grieving families, still hoping their loved ones would be found, he gave comfort but no false hope.’
    • ‘He doesn't seem to be a person who is grieving over a lost wife and lost child.’
    • ‘It was two days later when we learned that several of our friends in the NYPD had been killed, I grieved for a week, then I could cry no more.’
    • ‘Silent tears washed away the blood on our faces as we grieved for our lost comrades.’
    • ‘Kidman plays Anna, a well-heeled Manhattanite who has grieved for her dead husband Sean for a decade; trying to move on, she is preparing to re-marry.’
    • ‘A husband was today grieving for the wife he lost just hours after she gave birth to their second son.’
    • ‘Maybe now my devastated family can start to grieve in peace.’
    • ‘Floral tributes were left at the foot of her front door by grieving relatives.’
    • ‘His brother Robin, 33, crewed the boat at the last minute and left a pregnant wife to grieve and to bring up a child who will never know his father.’
    • ‘He was helping his wife who was still grieving and that New Year's Eve was the first night out they had had together for a long time.’
    • ‘‘I've buried my son and grieved for him, but now I want to know what happened and nobody's coming up with any answers,’ said the mother-of-three.’
    • ‘Fourteen years old and stuck in the middle of the countryside, he is grieving over the death of his mother and distanced from his equally upset father.’
    • ‘The authorities responsible will then have to explain to grieving relatives why they took no action.’
    • ‘It's terribly important to give yourself time not just to grieve but to recover from the grief.’
    • ‘These memorials also offer an opportunity for people to grieve in their own way.’
    • ‘Many people find they cannot grieve properly until this process has been completed.’
    • ‘Let patients and family members know that people grieve in different ways.’
    • ‘The 20-year-old is the latest in a long line of motorcyclists, most of them young, who have left behind grieving families.’
    • ‘Remember that your other family members are grieving, too, and that everyone expresses grief in their own way.’
    mourn, lament, be mournful, be sorrowful, sorrow, be sad, be miserable
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1[with object] Feel intense sorrow about:
      ‘he is still grieving his mother's death’
      • ‘They are also grieving the loss of my beloved son.’
      • ‘We were heartbroken and still grieve this loss.’
      • ‘We can only hope to bring the matter to a successful conclusion to try to bring some form of closure to families who have been grieving their loved ones for a generation and more.’
      • ‘And as the size of the death-toll becomes clearer, I fear there will be scarcely a community in our country where families are not grieving the loss of a loved one.’
      • ‘There is no reading, there are no words, that can truly comfort those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones today.’
      • ‘The sporting world is grieving the death of former local cricketer Robert Kay, aged 78.’
      • ‘The attack 11 days ago claimed the life of a deeply loved family friend and best man, who is being grieved here in Rochdale and by relatives 8,000 miles away in Australia.’
      • ‘We grieve deeply the loss of human life.’
      • ‘A visit to the home of any family grieving the death of a loved one is always a moving experience.’
      • ‘He's gone from the scared man grieving his family to an inveterate womanizer and back again.’
      • ‘Merten's family gathered at his mother's home in Sumner yesterday to grieve the loss of their brother and son.’
      • ‘Families grieving the loss of a child will also receive extra help, with a slice of the cash going to develop bereavement services in the city.’
      • ‘The mothers need to grieve the death of their sons; they need to vent their emotions in order to sustain their own sanity.’
      • ‘Now they are focusing their management skills on giving shelter to the tens of thousands of locals who are grieving loved ones.’
      • ‘Much of my storytelling and ruminations about my father have been cathartic, a new stage of grieving a loss from which I've never really recovered.’
      • ‘Rainbows is a peers support programme to assist children or adults who are grieving a death or separation.’
      • ‘Though it's been a year since his best friend's death, Shelliano still grieves the loss.’
      • ‘In a short statement Mr Smith's family last night said: ‘We ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time so that we may be left alone to grieve our son.’’
      • ‘But the further I get away from my father's death, the more I think I wrote these pieces as a way of grieving his loss.’
      • ‘The Kennedys grieved their lost son and brother - a bright, handsome young man with political ambitions destined for greatness.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Cause great distress to (someone):
      [with object and infinitive] ‘it grieves me to think of you in that house alone’
      • ‘India has given us so many great mathematicians, philosophers, physicians, and academics in general, that this news item grieves us.’
      • ‘So, when the time came for him to graduate, he wrote his parents a letter that he knew would grieve his mother.’
      • ‘It grieves me that I must keep secrets from you but it cannot be avoided.’
      • ‘However, it grieves me to reveal that the theory doesn't work.’
      • ‘It grieves me to see people smoking, especially young people and, in particular, young girls.’
      • ‘I feel that we may have not offered you enough support and that grieves me, because pressure experienced alone can be really horrible.’
      • ‘It still grieves me,’ she added with a wistful sigh, ‘but I recognize defeat when I see it.’’
      • ‘The death of any innocent person should grieve us all regardless of nationality, political affiliation, wealth, creed, race, colour or gender.’
      • ‘I have acted only out of love for you and it grieves me that my only son no longer feels able to speak to me about his own feelings.’
      • ‘‘It's disgusting and as a town councillor it really grieves me that this is happening in Chippenham,’ she said.’
      • ‘It grieves me that the Liberal Democrats, instead of supporting our efforts, are trying to undermine us at every turn.’
      • ‘It grieves me to think all our hard work is being spoilt by a minority.’
      • ‘So it really grieves me to hear members criticise such families.’
      • ‘Before I left the hospital I was grieved to learn that Nesbit, only recently transferred to us from the RAF, had been shot down and killed over Anzio.’
      • ‘They were genuinely outraged and grieved by it.’
      • ‘It grieved her to know that this was the last time she would ever see her father again if no one came up with a cure.’
      • ‘It grieves us to have to disagree with Dr Moreland.’
      • ‘I am a pastor in Australia and many of my peers are grieved by what is happening.’
      • ‘This is what grieved some of those mourners most.’
      • ‘She added: ‘What grieves us a great deal is that our Government has been sitting on the fence over these issues.’’
      hurt, wound, pain, harrow, sting, gall
      View synonyms

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense ‘harm, oppress’): from Old French grever burden, encumber, based on Latin gravare, from gravis heavy, grave (see grave).

Pronunciation:

grieve

/ɡriːv/

Main definitions of grieve in English

: grieve1grieve2

grieve2

noun

Scottish
  • An overseer, manager, or bailiff on a farm.

Origin

Late 15th century: related to reeve.

Pronunciation:

grieve

/ɡriːv/