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 grave grave

noun

  • () a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)  ( grave, tomb )
    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
    he put flowers on his mother's grave
  • () death of a person  ( grave )
    death of a person
     he went to his grave without forgiving me
    he went to his grave without forgiving me
     from cradle to grave
    from cradle to grave
  • a mark () placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation  ( grave, grave accent )
    a mark () placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  • adj

  • () dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises  ( sedate, solemn, grave, sober )
    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
     a grave God-fearing man
    a grave God-fearing man
     a quiet sedate nature
    a quiet sedate nature
     as sober as a judge
    as sober as a judge
     a solemn promise
    a solemn promise
     the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence
    the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence
  • () causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm  ( life-threatening, dangerous, grievous, severe, grave, serious )
    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
     a dangerous operation
    a dangerous operation
     a grave situation
    a grave situation
     a grave illness
    a grave illness
     grievous bodily harm
    grievous bodily harm
     a serious wound
    a serious wound
     a serious turn of events
    a serious turn of events
     a severe case of pneumonia
    a severe case of pneumonia
     a life-threatening disease
    a life-threatening disease
  • of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought  ( grave, grievous, heavy, weighty )
    of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
     grave responsibilities
    grave responsibilities
     faced a grave decision in a time of crisis
    faced a grave decision in a time of crisis
     a grievous fault
    a grievous fault
     heavy matters of state
    heavy matters of state
     the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference
    the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference
  • verb

  • carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface  ( grave, scratch, engrave, inscribe )
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
     engrave a pen
    engrave a pen
     engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name
    engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name
     the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree
    the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree
  • shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it  ( grave, sculpt, sculpture )
    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
    She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband