Definitions of grave

  1. 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"
  2. write upon; engrave a pen, for example
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  6. death of a person; " he went to his grave without forgiving me"; " from cradle to grave"
  7. 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"
  8. 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"
  9. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; " engrave a pen"; " engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup"
  10. 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"
  11. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
  12. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  13. Slow and solemn in movement.
  14. To dig. [ Obs.] Chaucer.
  15. To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
  16. To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
  17. To impress deeply ( on the mind); to fix indelibly.
  18. To entomb; to bury.
  19. To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
  20. An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction.
  21. To engrave.
  22. To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch; - so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.
  23. Not acute or sharp; low; deep; - said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
  24. Serious; solemn; thoughtful; sedate; important.
  25. An excavation or hole in the earth for the reception of a dead body; place of burial.
  26. To shape or carve by cutting with a chisel; engrave.
  27. Gravely.
  28. Graveness.
  29. Noting symptoms of a serious or dangerous character.
  30. To carve or cut, on a hard substance: to engrave.
  31. To engrave:- pa. p. graved or graven.
  32. A pit graved or dug out, esp. one in which to bury the dead: any place of burial: ( fig.) death: destruction.
  33. To smear with graves or greaves, a mixture of tallow, rosin, etc., boiled together.
  34. ( fig.) Weighty: of importance: serious: not gay: sober: solemn: not acute: low.
  35. A pit for the dead; death.
  36. Graved or graven.
  37. Heavy; important; serious; not acute.
  38. To carve; engrave.
  39. Important; serious; sober.
  40. An excavation in the earth for the burial of a dead body; the abode of the dead.
  41. Of weight; of importance; of a serious character; not gay or showy; solemn; sedate; low or depressed, as opposed to acute; heavy or long- sounding.
  42. A pit dug to bury a dead human body; any place of burial; a place of great slaughter or mortality; death or destruction.
  43. To carve or cut on stone or other hard substance with a chisel or edged tool; to engrave; to form by cutting with a chisel.
  44. To clean a ship's bottom, and cover it with pitch. See Graves.
  45. To carve; to engrave.
  46. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; - said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
  47. Serious; sedate; not gay, light, or trifling; weighty; momentous.
  48. The pit in which a dead body is laid; a tomb; a sepulchre.
  49. To carve or cut letters or figures on any hard substance, as stone or wood; to carve or form.

Usage examples for grave

  1. I felt, by the kind way in which he looked at me, that he had grave news to give me. – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  2. I remember how very grave his face used to be sometimes. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  3. David Owen's voice was very grave – Peggy Owen and Liberty by Lucy Foster Madison
  4. Lucy had never seen him more grave – The Explorer by W. Somerset Maugham
  5. I can tell you all about him, for he raised my mother's grand- uncle from the dead; yes, out of the grave as one may say. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  6. He used to sit beside her grave and watch for her each afternoon. – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  7. You don't know, said Valerie, what death is; what it is to be obliged to think of the morrow of your last day on earth, and of what is to be found in the grave – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  8. Otherwise-" she looked grave – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  9. Remember that he is in his grave and that I am left to speak for him. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  10. It's very important; it's life or death with me, sir, he said, trying to look grave – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  11. She became grave and added under her breath: " And I shall get it. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  12. Light up a fire upon my grave When I am dead. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  13. I've set them in a sort of grave and it's only going to be my hands that open it, and my eyes that look into it. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. After a late supper, we went in search of his grave – The River and I by John G. Neihardt
  15. She laughed, but he had become suddenly grave – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
  16. Trenta had become very grave – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  17. " Get well into your grave before you think that," was the answer. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  18. And as the Prince turned round upon his father a small, sweet, grave face,- so like his mother's,- his Majesty the King smiled and held out his arms. – The Little Lame Prince And: The Invisible Prince; Prince Cherry; The Prince With The Nose The Frog-Prince; Clever Alice by Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  19. When the doctor came to make his last visit before the night, he looked grave – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  20. But I feel that you must see now what a grave mistake you made. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips