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; graver, more grave; gravest, most grave
1. Relating to something that is very serious and requires serious thoughts or concerns: Ted was told that his violation of school rules is a grave
Sally is suffering from a grave illness.
Jim's supervisor said he has grave doubts about the plan to increase profits for his company.
2. Descriptive of a serious and formal appearance or manner: The judge issued his ruling of guilt for Sam with a grave
3. Written with or modified by the mark ( è ), as the è in Sèvres in the suburbs of Paris or the the French word père.
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1. A hole in the ground for burying a dead body: Ronald was lain to rest in a grave near his wife's grave, which was next to a big tree in the middle of the cemetery.
2. Used as a reference to death: Zelda took her secrets with her to the grave.
Descriptive of the necessity or cause of serious thought or concern: David's carelessness could have grave
The ship and crew are putting themselves in grave danger if they sail in the Somalia piracy zone.
An accent symbol over a letter, or letters, in certain words: Examples of grave marks can be found combined with the "è" in such French words as Sèvres and Père (which is used after a man's surname to distinguish a father from a son).
The minister spoke in a grave tone, "May he rest in peace in the grave."
Severe, active nymphomania in contrast to slight, platonic, or lesser nymphomania.
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