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grave2 (ɡreɪv)
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
 a.  (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
 b.  acute Compare circumflex 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)
6.  a grave accent
[C16: from Old French, from Latin gravis; related to Greek barus heavy; see gravamen]

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