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.

Definitions of grave
  1. noun
    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
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    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
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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
  2. noun
    death of a person
    “he went to his grave without forgiving me”
    “from cradle to grave
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    type of:
    death, demise, dying
    the time when something ends
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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
  5. adjective
    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
  6. verb
    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
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    carve
    form by carving
  7. verb
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    synonyms: engrave, inscribe, scratch
    engrave, etch
    carve or cut a design or letters into
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    types:
    character
    engrave or inscribe characters on
    type of:
    carve, chip at
    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  8. noun
    a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
    synonyms: grave accent
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    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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