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GRAVELY

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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]

Meaning:

In a grave and sober manner

Synonyms:

gravely; soberly; staidly

Context example:

he walked soberly toward the altar

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2gravely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To a severe or serious degree

Synonyms:

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

Pertainym:

grave (causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm)


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