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See also: Grieve and griève

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English greven, borrowed from Old French grever (to burden), from Latin gravō, gravāre, from adjective gravis (grave).

VerbEdit

grieve (third-person singular simple present grieves, present participle grieving, simple past and past participle grieved)

  1. (transitive) To cause sorrow or distress to.
    • Bible, Eph. iv. 30
      Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.
    • Cowper
      The maidens grieved themselves at my concern.
  2. (transitive) To feel very sad about; to mourn; to sorrow for.
    to grieve one's fate
  3. (intransitive) To experience grief.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To harm.
  5. (transitive) To submit or file a grievance (about).
    • 2009 D'Amico, Rob, Editor, Texas Teacher, published by Texas AFT (affiliate of American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO); "Austin classified employees gain due process rights", April 2009, p14:
      Even if the executive director rules against the employee on appeal, the employee can still grieve the termination to the superintendent followed by an appeal to the [...] Board of Trustees.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English greve, greyve, grave, grafe, from Old Norse greifi, from Middle Low German grēve, grâve, related to Old English grœfa, groefa, variants of Old English ġerēfa (steward, reeve). More at reeve.

NounEdit

grieve (plural grieves)

  1. (obsolete) A governor of a town or province.
  2. (chiefly Scotland) A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Their children were horsewhipped by the grieve.
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