Meaning of grave

grave

Pronunciation: (grāv), [key]
— n.
  1. an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
  2. any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave.
  3. any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.
  4. death: O grave, where is thy victory?
  5. to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent: It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave.
  6. to do something to which a specified dead person would have objected bitterly:Hamlet is enough to make Shakespeare turn in his grave. This production of

grave

Pronunciation: (grāv for 4, 6 also gräv), [key]
— adj., n. grav•er, grav•est
—adj.
  1. serious or solemn; sober: a grave person; grave thoughts.
  2. weighty, momentous, or important: grave responsibilities.
  3. threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical: a grave situation; a grave illness.
    1. unaccented.
    2. spoken on a low or falling pitch.
    3. noting or having a particular accent (`) indicating originally a comparatively low pitch (as in French père), distinct syllabic value (as in English belovèd), etc. (opposed to acute).
  4. (of colors) dull; somber.
—n.
  1. the grave accent.

grave

Pronunciation: (grāv), [key]
— graved, grav•en graved, grav•ing.
  1. to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
  2. to impress deeply: graven on the mind.

grave

Pronunciation: (grāv), [key]
— graved, grav•ing.
  1. to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).

gra•ve

Pronunciation: (grä'vāIt.grä've), [key]
— Music. Music.
—adj.
  1. slow; solemn.
—adv.
  1. slowly; solemnly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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