AskDefine | Define grieve

Dictionary Definition



1 feel grief; eat one's heart out [syn: sorrow]
2 break the heart of; cause to feel sorrow [syn: aggrieve]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • RP & US: /griːv/

Etymology 1

From Old English grœfa


  1. A governor of a town or province.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old French grever "to burden", from Latin gravare, from gravis "grave" (adjective).


  1. To cause sorrow or distress.
  2. To feel very sad about; to mourn; to sorrow for.
  3. To experience grief.
  4. To harm.
Derived terms
Related terms
to cause sorrow
to feel very sad about
to experience grief

Extensive Definition

Grieve is a surname of English origin.
It is related to the surname Reeve and variants include Greaves, Grieves, Greeves, Greves, Greave, Griveson and Greaveson. Although English in origin, it is particularly strong in Australia and Scotland.
People with the surname include:
It is also the name of a variety of apple, named after its breeder:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ache, affect, afflict, affront, aggrieve, agonize, anguish, barb the dart, bear, bemoan, bewail, bleed, break down, bring to tears, brood over, bruise, complain, constrain, crush, cry, cut, cut up, deplore, desolate, dirge, discomfort, dismay, distress, draw tears, elegize, embitter, endure, fret, give offense, give sorrow words, give umbrage, hurt, hurt the feelings, injure, inundate, keen, knell, lament, melt, melt the heart, moan, mope, mourn, move, offend, oppress, outrage, overwhelm, pain, pierce, pine, pine away, prick, prostrate, reach, regret, repine, rue, sadden, shed tears, sigh, sing the blues, soften, sorrow, stab, sting, suffer, take on, torment, touch, twist the knife, wail, weep, weep over, wound
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