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See also gravé, and -grave

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Ultimately from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] gravis (heavy).

Adjective

grave (comparative graver, superlative gravest)

Positive
grave

Comparative
graver

Superlative
gravest

  1. (obsolete) Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
    His shield grave and great.Chapman.
  2. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
    Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors.Shakespeare.
    A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity.Milton.
  3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  4. (music) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
    The thicker the cord or string, the more grave is the note or tone.Moore (Encyc. of Music).
  5. (music) Slow and solemn in movement.
{Grave accent}. (pronunciation) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.
Usage notes

{Grave}, {Sober}, {Serious}, {Solemn.} Sober supposes the absence of all exhilaration of spirits, and is opposed to gay or flighty; as, sober thought. Serious implies considerateness or reflection, and is opposed to jocose or sportive; as, serious and important concerns. Grave denotes a state of mind, appearance, etc., which results from the pressure of weighty interests, and is opposed to hilarity of feeling or vivacity of manner; as, a grave remark; grave attire. Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition; a solemn promise.

Synonyms

Noun

Singular
grave

Plural
s

grave (s)
  1. An accent used in French, Italian and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.
Translations

Etymology 2

Old English grafan

Verb

Infinitive
to grave

Third person singular
graves

Simple past
graved or grove

Past participle
graved or graven

Present participle
graving

to grave (third-person singular simple present graves, present participle graving, simple past graved or grove, past participle graved or graven)
  1. (transitive) To dig. (Obs.) Chaucer.
    He hath graven and digged up a pit.Ps. VII 16 (Book of Prayer).
  2. (transitive) To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
    Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel.Ex. XXVIII.,9.
    This be the verse you grave for me / “Here he lies where he longs to be”Stevenson, Requiem
  3. (transitive) To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
    With gold men may the hearte grave.Chaucer.
  4. (transitive) To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
    O! may they graven in thy heart remain.Prior.
  5. (transitive) To entomb; to bury. (Obs.) —Chaucer.
    Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground.Shakespeare.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  7. (intransitive) To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.

Etymology 3

Old English græf

Noun

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A freshly dug grave

Singular
grave

Plural
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grave ({{{1}}})
  1. An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction.
    He had lain in the grave four days.John XI.,17.
Translations

Danish

Etymology

Old Norse grafa

Verb

grave

  1. To dig

Esperanto

Adverb

grave

  1. seriously, gravely

French

Etymology

Latin gravis

Pronunciation

Adjective

grave (plural graves)

  1. serious
  2. solemn

Related terms

Verb form

grave

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of graver
  2. second-person singular imperative of graver
  3. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of graver

Italian

Etymology

Latin gravis

Adjective

grave m and f (m and f plural gravi)

  1. Grave, serious
  2. heavy
  3. solemn

Synonyms

Antonyms

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Spanish

Etymology

Latin gravis

Adjective

grave m. and f. (plural graves)

  1. serious, grave
  2. low (sound)
  3. solemn

Related terms

Verb form

grave

  1. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of gravar
  2. third-person singular imperative of gravar

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