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English adjective: grave

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

SamplesA grave God-fearing man.
A quiet sedate nature.
As sober as a judge.
A solemn promise.
The judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence.

Synonymssedate, sober, solemn



2. grave causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsdangerous, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

3. grave of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

SamplesGrave 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.

Synonymsgrievous, heavy, weighty

Similarimportant, of import


English noun: grave

1. grave (time) death of a person

SamplesHe went to his grave without forgiving me.
From cradle to grave.

Broader (hypernym)death, demise, dying

2. grave (artifact) a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)

SamplesHe put flowers on his mother's grave.


Broader (hypernym)place, spot, topographic point

Narrower (hyponym)burial chamber, mastaba, mastabah, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture

Part holonymgravestone, headstone, tombstone

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

Synonymsgrave accent

Broader (hypernym)accent, accent mark

English verb: grave

1. grave (contact) shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

SamplesShe is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband.

Synonymssculpt, sculpture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)carve

Verb groupsculpt, sculpture

2. grave (contact) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

SamplesEngrave a pen.
Engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's.
The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree.

Synonymsengrave, inscribe, scratch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carve, chip at

Narrower (hyponym)character

Verb groupengrave, etch

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