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GRAVE (graven)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does grave mean? 

GRAVE (noun)
  The noun GRAVE has 3 senses:

1. death of a person
2. a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
3. a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

  Familiarity information: GRAVE used as a noun is uncommon.


GRAVE (adjective)
  The adjective GRAVE has 3 senses:

1. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
3. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

  Familiarity information: GRAVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


GRAVE (verb)
  The verb GRAVE has 2 senses:

1. shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
2. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

  Familiarity information: GRAVE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GRAVE (noun)


Sense 1grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Death of a person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context examples:

he went to his grave without forgiving me / from cradle to grave

Hypernyms ("grave" is a kind of...):

death; demise; dying (the time when something ends)


Sense 2grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

tomb; grave

Context example:

he put flowers on his mother's grave

Hypernyms ("grave" is a kind of...):

place; spot; topographic point (a point located with respect to surface features of some region)

Meronyms (parts of "grave"):

gravestone; headstone; tombstone (a stone that is used to mark a grave)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grave"):

burial chamber; sepulcher; sepulchre; sepulture (a chamber that is used as a grave)

mastaba; mastabah (an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof)


Sense 3grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

grave accent; grave

Hypernyms ("grave" is a kind of...):

accent; accent mark (a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation)


GRAVE (adjective)


Sense 1grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

Synonyms:

grave; solemn; sedate; sober

Context examples:

a grave God-fearing man / a quiet sedate nature / as sober as a judge / a solemn promise / the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence

Similar:

serious (concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities)


Sense 2grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

Synonyms:

life-threatening; grievous; grave; dangerous; serious; severe

Context examples:

a dangerous operation / a grave situation / a grave illness / grievous bodily harm / a serious wound / a serious turn of events / a severe case of pneumonia / a life-threatening disease

Similar:

critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)


Sense 3grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

Synonyms:

grave; grievous; weighty; heavy

Context examples:

grave responsibilities / faced a grave decision in a time of crisis / a grievous fault / heavy matters of state / the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


GRAVE (verb)


Sense 1grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

grave; sculpt; sculpture

Context example:

She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband

Hypernyms (to "grave" is one way to...):

carve (form by carving)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2grave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

inscribe; engrave; grave; scratch

Context examples:

engrave a pen / engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup / the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree

Hypernyms (to "grave" is one way to...):

carve; chip at (engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "grave"):

character (engrave or inscribe characters on)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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