grave

A grave is the place where a body is buried. Usually, a grave is dug in the ground, and a stone with information about the deceased person marks its location.

Grave is used as an adjective, too. It can describe something serious, or of great importance. If a situation is grave, it is serious and sad, like when a loved one is very sick. Grave can also describe causing fear or anxiety. If you are in grave danger, your personal safety is threatened. If you have a grave personality, you are solemn and dignified and don't joke around very much.

Primary Meanings of grave

1.
n
a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
2.
adj
of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
3.
v
shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
4.
n
a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
Full Definitions of grave
1

n a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)

“he put flowers on his mother's grave
Synonyms:
tomb
Examples:
Holy Sepulcher
the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
Taj Mahal
beautiful mausoleum at Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (completed in 1649) in memory of his favorite wife
Types:
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burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture
a chamber that is used as a grave
mastaba, mastabah
an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof
crypt
a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
mausoleum
a large burial chamber, usually above ground
monument, repository
a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
burial vault, vault
a burial chamber (usually underground)
Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

n death of a person

“he went to his grave without forgiving me”
“from cradle to grave
Type of:
death, demise, dying
the time when something ends
2

adj of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

grave responsibilities”
“faced a grave decision in a time of crisis”
Synonyms:
grievous, heavy, weighty
important, of import
of great significance or value

adj causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

“a grave situation”
“a grave illness”
Synonyms:
dangerous, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe
critical
being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

adj dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

“a grave God-fearing man”
Synonyms:
sedate, sober, solemn
serious
concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
3

v shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

Synonyms:
sculpt, sculpture
sculpt, sculpture
create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
Type of:
carve
form by carving

v carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

Synonyms:
engrave, inscribe, scratch
engrave, etch
carve or cut a design or letters into
Types:
character
engrave or inscribe characters on
Type of:
carve, chip at
engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
4

n a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Synonyms:
grave accent
Type of:
accent, accent mark
a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

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