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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gravely mean? 

GRAVELY (adverb)
  The adverb GRAVELY has 2 senses:

1. in a grave and sober manner
2. to a severe or serious degree

  Familiarity information: GRAVELY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

GRAVELY (adverb)

Sense 1gravely [BACK TO TOP]


In a grave and sober manner


gravely; soberly; staidly

Context example:

he walked soberly toward the altar


grave (dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises)

Sense 2gravely [BACK TO TOP]


To a severe or serious degree


badly; severely; gravely; seriously

Context examples:

fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated / badly injured / a severely impaired heart / is gravely ill / was seriously ill


grave (causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm)

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