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Definition of grieve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grieve
    he / she / it grieves
    past simple grieved
    -ing form grieving
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to feel very sad, especially because someone has died grieve (for/over somebody/something) They are still grieving for their son. grieving relatives grieve somebody/something She grieved the death of her husband.
  2. 2[transitive] (formal) to make you feel very sad synonym pain it grieves somebody that… It grieved him that he could do nothing to help her. grieve somebody Their lack of interest grieved her. it grieves somebody to do something It grieved her to leave.
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