Grave - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡreɪv|  American pronunciation of the word grave
Brit.  |ɡreɪv|  British pronunciation of the word grave


- death of a person
- a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)(syn: tomb)
- a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation


- shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it (syn: sculpt, sculpture)
- carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface(syn: engrave, inscribe, scratch)


- dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises(syn: sedate, sober, solemn)
- causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm(syn: dangerous, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe)
- of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought(syn: grievous, heavy, weighty)


This violation of school rules is a grave matter.

His carelessness could have grave consequences.

They have placed themselves in grave danger.

I have grave doubts about this plan.

The judge issued his ruling with a grave expression.

The French word père is written with a grave accent over the first e.

At the head of the grave there was a small wooden cross.

Matthew's life is in grave danger.

The report expressed grave concern over the technicians' lack of training.

I have grave doubts about his ability.

The situation is becoming very grave.

Turnbull's face was grave as he told them about the accident.

Adam nodded gravely.

We are gravely concerned (=very concerned) about these developments.

he went to his grave without forgiving me

Word forms

singular: grave
plural: graves
comparative: graver
superlative: gravest
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