Definition of grieve in English:



  • 1 Suffer grief.

    ‘she grieved for her father’
    • ‘It's terribly important to give yourself time not just to grieve but to recover from the grief.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Let patients and family members know that people grieve in different ways.’
    • ‘Remember that your other family members are grieving, too, and that everyone expresses grief in their own way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Floral tributes were left at the foot of her front door by grieving relatives.’
    • ‘These memorials also offer an opportunity for people to grieve in their own way.’
    • ‘Maybe now my devastated family can start to grieve in peace.’
    • ‘Many people find they cannot grieve properly until this process has been completed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The authorities responsible will then have to explain to grieving relatives why they took no action.’
    • ‘When he met grieving families, still hoping their loved ones would be found, he gave comfort but no false hope.’
    • ‘The 20-year-old is the latest in a long line of motorcyclists, most of them young, who have left behind grieving families.’
    • ‘Silent tears washed away the blood on our faces as we grieved for our lost comrades.’
    • ‘A husband was today grieving for the wife he lost just hours after she gave birth to their second son.’
    • ‘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 doesn't seem to be a person who is grieving over a lost wife and lost child.’
    • ‘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.’
    mourn, lament, be mournful, be sorrowful, sorrow, be sad, be miserable
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    1. 1.1[with object]Feel grief for or because of.
      ‘she did not have the opportunity to grieve her mother's death’
      • ‘Now they are focusing their management skills on giving shelter to the tens of thousands of locals who are grieving loved ones.’
      • ‘We grieve deeply the loss of human life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though it's been a year since his best friend's death, Shelliano still grieves the loss.’
      • ‘Rainbows is a peers support programme to assist children or adults who are grieving a death or separation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A visit to the home of any family grieving the death of a loved one is always a moving experience.’
      • ‘They are also grieving the loss of my beloved son.’
      • ‘The mothers need to grieve the death of their sons; they need to vent their emotions in order to sustain their own sanity.’
      • ‘We were heartbroken and still grieve this 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)
      ‘what grieves you, my son?’
      [with object and infinitive] [with object] ‘it grieves me to think of you in that house alone’
      • ‘They were genuinely outraged and grieved by it.’
      • ‘It grieves me to see people smoking, especially young people and, in particular, young girls.’
      • ‘I am a pastor in Australia and many of my peers are grieved by what is happening.’
      • ‘However, it grieves me to reveal that the theory doesn't work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is what grieved some of those mourners most.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It grieves me that I must keep secrets from you but it cannot be avoided.’
      • ‘The death of any innocent person should grieve us all regardless of nationality, political affiliation, wealth, creed, race, colour or gender.’
      • ‘It grieves us to have to disagree with Dr Moreland.’
      • ‘She added: ‘What grieves us a great deal is that our Government has been sitting on the fence over these issues.’’
      • ‘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 to think all our hard work is being spoilt by a minority.’
      • ‘India has given us so many great mathematicians, philosophers, physicians, and academics in general, that this news item grieves us.’
      • ‘It still grieves me,’ she added with a wistful sigh, ‘but I recognize defeat when I see it.’’
      • ‘It grieves me that the Liberal Democrats, instead of supporting our efforts, are trying to undermine us at every turn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I feel that we may have not offered you enough support and that grieves me, because pressure experienced alone can be really horrible.’
      • ‘‘It's disgusting and as a town councillor it really grieves me that this is happening in Chippenham,’ she said.’


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