- 1 a place in the ground where a dead person is buried We visited Grandma's grave. There were flowers on the grave. See related entries: Death
- 2[singular] (also the grave) (usually literary) death; a person’s death Is there life beyond the grave (= life after death)? He followed her to the grave (= died soon after her). She smoked herself into an early grave (= died young as a result of smoking). Wordfinderashes, cemetery, coffin, cremation, die, funeral, grave, hearse, morgue, mourn Word Origin Old English græf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch graf and German Grab. The adjective dates from late 15th cent. (originally of a wound in the sense ‘severe, serious’): from Old French grave or Latin gravis
(of a person who is dead) likely to be very shocked or angry My father would turn in his grave if he knew.