Definition of mourn in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Feel or show deep sorrow or regret for (someone or their death), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black clothes.

    ‘Isabel mourned her husband’
    no object ‘she had to mourn for her friends who died in the accident’
    • ‘At the policeman's funeral, the mayor of his village mourns him and is sad at the prospect of new burials.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of her death, he sank into an all-time low as he mourned his lifelong friend.’
    • ‘In death he was widely mourned, but as much for his joie de vivre as for his rugby.’
    • ‘Northampton is mourning the loss of one of its elderly residents.’
    • ‘He was lost in battle to his only enemy, and he was mourned for years after his death by the people who had grown to love him.’
    • ‘Instead, his family are left mourning a man whose hopes for a peaceful life in Thailand ended in unimaginable torture and horror and whose death has changed many people's futures.’
    • ‘She is deeply mourned by her husband Tommy, sons, daughter, relatives, family, and friends.’
    • ‘Many people had come to mourn the quiet woman who had taught literature at the college.’
    • ‘As well as mourning someone's death, one ought to be able to celebrate their life.’
    • ‘Dressed in widows weeds to mourn her beloved husband, her black clothing merely enhanced the strict lines of her face.’
    • ‘The teenager mourns her dead father, sitting alone with his photograph, listening to his record collection and perfectly mimicking their voices.’
    • ‘Usually, in an accident of this kind, we mourn the people who have died.’
    • ‘Those two survivors will need to live with their loss and their sorrow as they mourn their colleagues.’
    • ‘The denouement, where the mother mourns her daughter lying dead on the stage, left the audience awestruck and silent for a long moment of grief, before breaking into rapturous applause.’
    • ‘She weeps as she mourns her mother and brother at the site where her home once stood.’
    • ‘She is mourned by her husband, sons, daughters, grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends.’
    • ‘His final years saw him as a popular figure and on his death in 1852 he was mourned as a great soldier and outstanding public servant.’
    • ‘Of course she is entitled to mourn her late husband and the other thousands of young men from Britain who gave their lives.’
    • ‘As the world mourns this remarkable man of faith, we reflect on the legacy of his extraordinary life and the challenges facing the church he led for so long.’
    • ‘I wavered at seeing him so angry, but thought of all the nights he must have lain in his room weeping, mourning his dead brother the same way I mourned my mom.’
    • ‘Almost a year has passed since Sheila lost 71-year-old Graham to cancer but she still mourns him as though it were yesterday.’
    grieve for, sorrow over, lament for, weep for, shed tears for, shed tears over, keen over, wail over
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    1. 1.1 Feel regret or sadness about (the loss or disappearance of something)
      ‘publishers mourned declining sales of hardback fiction’
      • ‘However, Kalaimani, unshaven and unkempt, mourning the loss of his boats had to be convinced to forget the dowry amount and encouraged to go ahead with the wedding.’
      • ‘Jillian admitted that she still mourns the loss of her first true love.’
      • ‘While the mother mourns the loss of her obedient daughter, the daughter longs for recognition of her new thoughts and independent identity.’
      • ‘Kafka was supposedly mourning the loss of spirituality and mysticism in the modern age - so perhaps he would have been heartened by Blaine's revival of public interest in the art.’
      • ‘Classical musicians are mourning the demise of the country's last radio orchestra, set to disband in November after championing the works of Canadian composers for 70 years and producing award-winning recordings.’
      • ‘They say they will be mourning the loss of patient choice, two doctors and a nurse, mobile telephone access to a doctor and the surgery's support team.’
      • ‘The nation continues to mourn the loss of the Community Police as a functioning unit.’
      • ‘But are the city's chocolate fans mourning their loss or looking forward to enjoying the newly-packed sweets?’
      • ‘Either that or he was seriously mourning the loss of his bed.’
      • ‘The pub trade in York is now mourning the loss of a good licensing officer who bitterly regrets the part he played in his own downfall.’
      • ‘I've always bemoaned these losses, but never exactly mourned the loss of a station.’
      • ‘Although most individuals did not mourn its disappearance, there were some that did.’
      • ‘I don't think we should mourn the demise of our deeply-flawed nations.’
      deplore, bewail, bemoan, rue, regret, sigh over
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Old English murnan, of Germanic origin.