Definition of grieve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    grieve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡriːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grieve
    BrE BrE//ɡriːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːv//
     
    he / she / it grieves
    BrE BrE//ɡriːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːvz//
     
    past simple grieved
    BrE BrE//ɡriːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːvd//
     
    past participle grieved
    BrE BrE//ɡriːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːvd//
     
    -ing form grieving
    BrE BrE//ˈɡriːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːvɪŋ//
     
    Unhappiness
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to feel very sad, especially because somebody has died grieve (for/over somebody/something) They are still grieving for their dead child. grieving relatives grieve somebody/something She grieved the death of her husband. See related entries: Unhappiness
  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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘harm, oppress’): from Old French grever ‘burden, encumber’, based on Latin gravare, from gravis ‘heavy, grave’.Extra examples She had grieved deeply for her father. They are still grieving for their child. He spoke on behalf of the grieving families. The couple are grieving over the loss of their daughter.Idioms
    what the eye doesn’t see (the heart doesn’t grieve over)
     
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    (saying) if a person does not know about something that they would normally disapprove of, then it cannot hurt them What does it matter if I use his flat while he’s away? What the eye doesn’t see…!
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