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Definition of "grave" []

  • An excavation for the interment of a corpse. (noun)
  • A place of burial. (noun)
  • Death or extinction: faced the grave with calm resignation. (noun)
  • Requiring serious thought; momentous: a grave decision in a time of crisis. (adjective)
  • Fraught with danger or harm: a grave wound. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "grave" in a sentence
  • "And when he has tracked and dogged a man to his mother's grave -- _his mother's grave_ -- he can dine, he can laugh, he can go to the theatre!"
  • "Your temperate drinker treads on slippery ground; for as I verily believe that alcohol is one of the most active imps for the destruction of both body and soul, the temperate drinker is too often gradually led on by the fiend, until the habit becomes fixed and inveterate; and he drags a galling chain, each day riveted more strongly, and the poor wretch hourly becomes more callous to shame, until he sinks into the grave -- _the drunkard's grave_."
  • "Jack watched him from his place by the window, his expression grave but cautious."