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Graves

[greyvz] /greɪvz/
noun
1.
Morris, 1910–2001, U.S. painter.
2.
Robert (Ranke)
[rahng-kuh] /ˈrɑŋ kə/ (Show IPA),
1895–1985, English poet, novelist, and critic.

Graves

[grahv; French grav] /grɑv; French grav/
noun
1.
a wine-growing district in Gironde department, in SW France.
2.
a dry, red or white table wine produced in this region.

grave1

[greyv] /greɪv/
noun
1.
an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
2.
any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher:
a watery grave.
3.
any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past:
the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.
4.
death:
O grave, where is thy victory?
Idioms
5.
have one foot in the grave, to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent:
It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave.
6.
make (one) turn / turn over in one's grave, to do something to which a specified dead person would have objected bitterly:
This production of Hamlet is enough to make Shakespeare turn in his grave.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English græf; cognate with German Grab; see grave3
Related forms
graveless, adjective
gravelike, adjective
graveward, gravewards, adverb, adjective

grave2

[greyv; for 4, 6 also grahv] /greɪv; for 4, 6 also grɑv/
adjective, graver, gravest for 1–3, 5.
1.
serious or solemn; sober:
a grave person; grave thoughts.
2.
weighty, momentous, or important:
grave responsibilities.
3.
threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical:
a grave situation; a grave illness.
4.
Grammar.
  1. unaccented.
  2. spoken on a low or falling pitch.
  3. noting or having a particular accent (`) indicating originally a comparatively low pitch (as in French père), distinct syllabic value (as in English belovèd), etc. (opposed to acute).
5.
(of colors) dull; somber.
noun
6.
the grave accent.
Origin
1535-45; < Middle French < Latin gravis; akin to Greek barýs heavy
Related forms
gravely, adverb
graveness, noun
ungravely, adverb
Can be confused
gravely, gravelly.
Synonyms
1. sedate, staid, thoughtful. Grave, sober, solemn refer to the condition of being serious in demeanor or appearance. Grave indicates a weighty dignity, or the character, aspect, demeanor, speech, etc., of one conscious of heavy responsibilities or cares, or of threatening possibilities: The jury looked grave while studying the evidence. Sober (from its original sense of freedom from intoxication, and hence temperate, staid, sedate) has come to indicate absence of levity, gaiety, or mirth, and thus to be akin to serious and grave: as sober as a judge; a sober expression on one's face. Solemn implies an impressive seriousness and deep earnestness: The minister's voice was solemn as he announced the text.
Antonyms
1. frivolous, gay.

grave3

[greyv] /greɪv/
verb (used with object), graved, graven or graved, graving.
1.
to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
2.
to impress deeply:
graven on the mind.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English graven, Old English grafan; cognate with German graben
Related forms
graver, noun

grave4

[greyv] /greɪv/
verb (used with object), graved, graving. Nautical
1.
to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to gravel
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Examples from the web for Graves
  • For example, he often uses an image of bright flowers that are blooming on old Graves.
  • Hundreds of people who died during the famine are buried there in unmarked Graves.
British Dictionary definitions for Graves

Graves1

/ɡrɑːv/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) a white or red wine from the district around Bordeaux, France

Graves2

/ɡreɪvz/
noun
1.
Robert (Ranke). 1895–1985, English poet, novelist, and critic, whose works include his World War I autobiography, Goodbye to All That (1929), and the historical novels I, Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1934)

grave1

/ɡreɪv/
noun
1.
a place for the burial of a corpse, esp beneath the ground and usually marked by a tombstone related adjective sepulchral
2.
something resembling a grave or resting place: the ship went to its grave
3.
the grave, a poetic term for death
4.
(informal) have one foot in the grave, to be near death
5.
to make someone turn in his grave, to make someone turn over in his grave, to do something that would have shocked or distressed (someone now dead): many modern dictionaries would make Dr Johnson turn in his grave
Word Origin
Old English græf; related to Old Frisian gref, Old High German grab, Old Slavonic grobǔ; see grave³

grave2

/ɡreɪv/
adjective
1.
serious and solemn: a grave look
2.
full of or suggesting danger: a grave situation
3.
important; crucial: grave matters of state
4.
(of colours) sober or dull
5.
(phonetics)
  1. (of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken on a lower or falling musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels
  2. of or relating to an accent (`) over vowels, denoting a pronunciation with lower or falling musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with certain special quality (as in French), or in a manner that gives the vowel status as a syllable nucleus not usually possessed by it in that position (as in English agèd) Compare acute (sense 8), circumflex
noun
6.
a grave accent
Derived Forms
gravely, adverb
graveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Latin gravis; related to Greek barus heavy; see gravamen

grave3

/ɡreɪv/
verb (transitive) (archaic) graves, graving, graved, graved, graven
1.
to cut, carve, sculpt, or engrave
2.
to fix firmly in the mind
Word Origin
Old English grafan; related to Old Norse grafa, Old High German graban to dig

grave4

/ɡreɪv/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to clean and apply a coating of pitch to (the bottom of a vessel)
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old French gravegravel

grave5

/ˈɡrɑːvɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) to be performed in a solemn manner
Word Origin
C17: from Italian: heavy, from Latin gravis
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Word Origin and History for Graves

grave

n.

Old English græf "grave, ditch, cave," from Proto-Germanic *graban (cf. Old Saxon graf, Old Frisian gref, Old High German grab "grave, tomb;" Old Norse gröf "cave," Gothic graba "ditch"), from PIE root *ghrebh- "to dig, to scratch, to scrape" (cf. Old Church Slavonic grobu "grave, tomb"); related to grafan "to dig" (see grave (v.)).

"The normal mod. representation of OE. græf would be graff; the ME. disyllable grave, from which the standard mod. form descends, was prob. due to the especially frequent occurrence of the word in the dat. (locative) case. [OED]
From Middle Ages to 17c., they were temporary, crudely marked repositories from which the bones were removed to ossuaries after some years and the grave used for a fresh burial. "Perpetual graves" became common from c.1650. To make (someone) turn in his grave "behave in some way that would have offended the dead person" is first recorded 1888.

adj.

1540s, from Middle French grave (14c.), from Latin gravis "weighty, serious, heavy, grievous, oppressive," from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (cf. Sanskrit guruh "heavy, weighty, venerable;" Greek baros "weight," barys "heavy in weight," often with the notion of "strength, force;" Old English cweorn "quern;" Gothic kaurus "heavy;" Lettish gruts "heavy"). Greek barys (opposed to kouphos) also was used figuratively, of suffering, sorrow, sobbing, and could mean "oppressive, burdensome, grave, dignified, impressive." The noun meaning "accent mark over a vowel" is c.1600, from French.

v.

"to engrave," Old English grafan (medial -f- pronounced as "v" in Old English; past tense grof, past participle grafen) "to dig, carve, dig up," from Proto-Germanic *grabanan (cf. Old Norse grafa, Old Frisian greva, Dutch graven, Old High German graban, German graben, Gothic graban "to dig, carve"), from the same source as grave (n.). Its Middle English strong past participle, graven, is the only part still active, the rest of the word supplanted by its derivative, engrave.

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Graves in Medicine

grave (grāv)
adj.
Serious or dangerous, as a symptom or disease.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Graves

grave

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have one foot in the grave


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Graves in the Bible

Among the ancient Hebrews graves were outside of cities in the open field (Luke 7:12; John 11:30). Kings (1 Kings 2:10) and prophets (1 Sam. 25:1) were generally buried within cities. Graves were generally grottoes or caves, natural or hewn out in rocks (Isa. 22:16; Matt. 27:60). There were family cemeteries (Gen. 47:29; 50:5; 2 Sam. 19:37). Public burial-places were assigned to the poor (Jer. 26:23; 2 Kings 23:6). Graves were usually closed with stones, which were whitewashed, to warn strangers against contact with them (Matt. 23:27), which caused ceremonial pollution (Num. 19:16). There were no graves in Jerusalem except those of the kings, and according to tradition that of the prophetess Huldah.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with Graves
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