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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 ?
He gave a short laugh, shook hands with her, and, putting his finger under her chin, turned up her face, examined it gravely, and let it go, saying with a nod, "You've got your grandfather's spirit, if you haven't his face.
Through Main Street and up and down Buckeye Street he went, bowing gravely to the peo- ple, while his wife, afire with secret pride, looked at him out of the corners of her eyes and worried lest the horse become frightened and run away.
He spoke kindly and gravely, and Antonia translated:
Le Renard had listened gravely as Heyward slowly proceeded in this subtle speech.
After some further discussion, it was gravely settled that Kearney should furnish water brought from the Union Ditch, twenty miles away, at a cost of two hundred thousand dollars, to feed a memorial fountain erected by Mattingly, worth a hundred thousand dollars, as a crowning finish to public buildings contributed by Maryland Joe, to the extent of half a million more.
Oftener, though, you used to be sitting at the threshold, and looking gravely into the street; for you had always a grave kind of way with you,--a grown-up air, when you were only the height of my knee.
This is the priest, he brings you the Evangelists," said Don Sebastian, gravely, returning with a tall and solemn figure.
Do you know, gentlemen --very gravely and mathematically bowing to each Captain in succession -- Do you know, gentlemen, that the digestive organs of the whale are so inscrutably constructed by Divine Providence, that it is quite impossible for him to completely digest even a man's arm?
Thus, all things considered, Haley, with rather an equivocal grace, proceeded to the parlor, while Sam, rolling his eyes after him with unutterable meaning, proceeded gravely with the horses to the stable-yard.
Try to conceive of this mollusk gravely applying for an official position, of any kind under the sun
I am witness that that ceremony is faithfully observed by both parties - and most gravely and decorously, too.
He took up his glass and his bottle, with a wise private nod of his head, and set them gravely on the left-hand side of his plate-- poured himself another imaginary drink--went to work with his knife and fork once more--presently lifted his glass with good confidence, and found it empty, as usual.