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Meaning & Definition of Grave in English





1. Death of a person

  • "He went to his grave without forgiving me"
  • "From cradle to grave"
  • grave

2. 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"
  • grave,
  • tomb

3. A mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

  • grave accent,
  • grave


1. 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"
  • sculpt,
  • sculpture,
  • grave

2. Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

  • "Engrave a pen"
  • "Engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"
  • "The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"
  • scratch,
  • engrave,
  • grave,
  • inscribe


1. Dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

  • "A grave god-fearing man"
  • "A quiet sedate nature"
  • "As sober as a judge"
  • "A solemn promise"
  • "The judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
  • grave,
  • sedate,
  • sober,
  • solemn

2. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

  • "A dangerous operation"
  • "A grave situation"
  • "A grave illness"
  • "Grievous bodily harm"
  • "A serious wound"
  • "A serious turn of events"
  • "A severe case of pneumonia"
  • "A life-threatening disease"
  • dangerous,
  • grave,
  • grievous,
  • serious,
  • severe,
  • life-threatening

3. Of great gravity or crucial import

  • Requiring serious thought
  • "Grave responsibilities"
  • "Faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"
  • "A grievous fault"
  • "Heavy matters of state"
  • "The weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
  • grave,
  • grievous,
  • heavy,
  • weighty

Examples of using

Tom turned in his grave after reading everything written about him on Tatoeba.
Her grave is there.
His grave is there.