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grave 1

a. An excavation for the interment of a corpse.
b. A place of burial.
2. Death or extinction: faced the grave with calm resignation.

[Middle English, from Old English græf; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grave 2

adj. grav·er, grav·est
1. Requiring serious thought; momentous: a grave decision in a time of crisis.
2. Fraught with danger or harm: a grave wound.
3. Dignified and somber in conduct or character: a grave procession. See Synonyms at serious.
4. Somber or dark in hue.
5. (also gräv) Linguistics
a. Written with or modified by the mark ( ` ), as the è in Sèvres.
b. Of or referring to a phonetic feature that distinguishes sounds produced at the periphery of the vocal tract, as in labial and velar consonants and back vowels.
n. (also gräv)

[French, from Old French, from Latin gravis; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

grave′ly adv.
grave′ness n.

grave 3

tr.v. graved, grav·en (grā′vən) or graved, grav·ing, graves
1. To sculpt or carve; engrave.
2. To stamp or impress deeply; fix permanently.

[Middle English graven, from Old English grafan; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grave 4

tr.v. graved, grav·ing, graves
To clean and coat (the bottom of a wooden ship) with pitch.

[Middle English graven.]

gra·ve 5

adv. & adj. Music
In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from Latin gravis, heavy; see grave2.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.gravely - in a grave and sober manner; "he walked soberly toward the altar"
2.gravely - to a severe or serious degreegravely - to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
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[ˈgreɪvlɪ] ADV
1. (= seriously) [ill, wounded, injured] → gravemente
five soldiers were gravely woundedcinco soldados resultaron gravemente heridos or heridos de gravedad
we are gravely concerned about or by his decisionestamos muy or seriamente preocupados por su decisión
2. (= solemnly) [say, speak] → con gravedad, con seriedad
he nodded gravelyasintió con gravedad


[ˈgreɪvli] adv
[injured, impaired] → gravement, sérieusement
gravely ill → gravement malade
[say, reply] → avec gravité


(= severely, seriously) ill, woundedschwer; gravely ill patientsschwer kranke Patienten; gravely concernedernstlich besorgt
(= solemnly) say, nodernst


[ˈgreɪvlɪ] advgravemente, solennemente
gravely ill → in pericolo di vita


(greiv) adjective
1. important. a grave responsibility; grave decisions.
2. serious, dangerous. grave news.
3. serious, sad. a grave expression.
ˈgravely adverb
ˈgravity (ˈgrӕ-) noun
The gravity of the situation was clear to us all.
References in classic literature ?
They invited me once, last week," Bruno said, very gravely.
I may be a baby," said the Mouse, gravely, as he passed outward through the forest of shins, "but I know tolerably well how to diagnose a volcano.
Granet bowed gravely and without any shadow of embarrassment.
There was a moment's silence; then very gravely the doctor said:
In person, Mrs General, including her skirts which had much to do with it, was of a dignified and imposing appearance; ample, rustling, gravely voluminous; always upright behind the proprieties.
He came as a Butcher: but gravely declared, When the ship had been sailing a week, He could only kill Beavers.
It was gravely said by some of the prelates in the Council of Trent, where the doctrine of the Schoolmen bare great sway, that the Schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics and epicycles, and such engines of orbs, to save the phenomena; though they knew there were no such things; and in like manner, that the Schoolmen had framed a number of subtle and intricate axioms, and theorems, to save the practice of the church.
Harker," said the coroner, gravely and tranquilly, "from what asylum did you last escape?
The reporter looked gravely at Fred, who looked gravely at him.
Joseph Stangerson," said Lestrade gravely, "was murdered at Halliday's Private Hotel about six o'clock this morning.
Chance speculators like myself were gravely warned, by means of the inscription, to view the pictures as efforts of pure imagination.
She said nothing, but Amy understood the look, and after a minute's pause, she added gravely, "I wanted to speak to you about this, but I forgot it.