Definition and Meanings for grave

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Grave is ranked 6,192 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of grave

transitive verb, adjective, comparative, superlative, noun, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of grave

f., fr. l. gravis heavy; cf. it. & sp. grave heavy, grave. see grief.er as. grafan to dig, grave, engrave; akin to ofries. greva, d. graven, g. graben, ohg. & goth. graban, dan. grabe, sw. gr, icel. grafa, but prob. not to gr. gra`fein to write, e. graphic. cf. grave, n., grove, n.pos as. grf, fr. grafan to dig; akin to d. & os. graf, g. grab, icel. gr, russ. grob' grave, coffin. see grave to carve

Meaning of grave


as transitive verb

  • 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.

as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
  • of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
  • not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  • not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
  • slow and solemn in movement.

as noun


    as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, noun

    • to dig. [obs.] chaucer.
    • to carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
    • to carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
    • to impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
    • to entomb; to bury.

    as intransitive verb

    • to write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.

    as noun

    • an excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. hence: death; destruction.
    • No antonyms for grave

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