• (RP, America) IPA: /ɡɹiːv/

grieve (grieves, present participle grieving; past and past participle grieved)

  1. (transitive) To cause sorrow or distress to.
    • Bible, Eph. iv. 30
      Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.
    • 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.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: avoir du chagrin
  • Italian: affliggersi
  • Portuguese: sofrer por
  • Russian: горева́ть
  • Spanish: contristar
Translations Noun

grieve (plural grieves)

  1. (obsolete) A governor of a town or province.
  2. (chiefly, Scotland) A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm.
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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