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Dictionary definition for: Grave

1. (n) death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me" "from cradle to grave"

2. (v) shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"

3. (s) dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "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"

4. (n) a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone) "he put flowers on his mother''s grave"

5. (v) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen" "engraved the winner''s name onto the trophy cup"

6. (s) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "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"

7. (n) a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

8. (s) of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "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"

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