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grieve

[greev] /griv/
verb (used without object), grieved, grieving.
1.
to feel grief or great sorrow:
She has grieved over his death for nearly three years.
verb (used with object), grieved, grieving.
2.
to distress mentally; cause to feel grief or sorrow:
It grieves me to see you so unhappy.
3.
Archaic. to oppress or wrong.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English greven, grieven < Old French grever < Latin gravāre to burden, derivative of gravis heavy, grave2
Related forms
grievedly
[gree-vid-lee, greevd-] /ˈgri vɪd li, ˈgrivd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
griever, noun
grievingly, adverb
nongrieved, adjective
nongrieving, adjective
overgrieve, verb, overgrieved, overgrieving.
ungrieved, adjective
ungrieving, adjective
Synonyms
1. lament, weep, bewail, bemoan; suffer. Grieve, mourn imply showing suffering caused by sorrow. Grieve is the stronger word, implying deep mental suffering often endured alone and in silence but revealed by one's aspect: to grieve over the loss (or death ) of a friend. Mourn usually refers to manifesting sorrow outwardly, either with or without sincerity: to mourn publicly and wear black. 2. sadden, pain.
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  • Many people from the community will drop by to bring food and comfort to the grieving family.
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  • Her therapist has helped lift her out of a debilitating depression that began when she was trying to console a grieving friend.
  • It's a comfort for the grieving dog owner, but keeping the memory of the pooch alive is also good marketing.
  • The full professors turn a callous eye toward this grieving process, having many years ago become inured to such losses.
  • Temporary houses are built for the guests, who live at the expense of the grieving family for as long as a week.
  • Though they are here illegally, they are still grieving and hurting.
  • Most are either afflicted with illness, taking care of someone else who's ill, or grieving for someone already gone.
  • But grieving is not the same as trembling with fear.
  • They were merely arguing, they said, that these measures were necessary to be sensitive to grieving or traumatized parents.
British Dictionary definitions for grieving

grieve1

/ɡriːv/
verb
1.
to feel or cause to feel great sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to inflict injury, hardship, or sorrow on
Derived Forms
griever, noun
grieving, noun, adjective
grievingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French grever, from Latin gravāre to burden, from gravis heavy

grieve2

/ɡriːv/
noun
1.
(Scot) a farm manager or overseer
Word Origin
C15: from Old English (Northumbrian) græfa reeve
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Word Origin and History for grieving
adj.

mid-15c., "causing pain," present participle adjective from grieve. Meaning "feeling pain" is from 1807.

grieve

v.

early 13c., "cause pain," from tonic stem of Old French grever "to burden, oppress, aggravate" (see grief). Meaning "be very sad, lament" is from c.1300. Related: Grieved; grieving.

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