grave: Meaning and Definition of
- an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
- any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave.
- any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.
- death: O grave, where is thy victory?
- 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.
- 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
Pronunciation: (grāv for 4, 6 also gräv), [key]
— adj., n. grav•er, grav•est
- serious or solemn; sober: a grave person; grave thoughts.
- weighty, momentous, or important: grave responsibilities.
- threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical: a grave situation; a grave illness.
- spoken on a low or falling pitch.
- 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).
- (of colors) dull; somber.
- the grave accent.
— graved, grav•en graved, grav•ing.
- to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
- to impress deeply: graven on the mind.
— graved, grav•ing.
- to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).
Pronunciation: (grä'vāIt.grä've), [key]
— Music. Music.
- slow; solemn.
- slowly; solemnly.
- grave (Thesaurus)