from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to be sorrowful; distress: It grieves me to see you in such pain.
- transitive v. To mourn or sorrow for: We grieved the death of our pastor.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To file an official or formal grievance on account of (an actual or perceived injustice).
- transitive v. Archaic To hurt or harm.
- intransitive v. To experience or express grief.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A governor of a town or province.
- n. A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm.
- v. To cause sorrow or distress.
- v. To feel very sad about; to mourn; to sorrow for.
- v. To experience grief.
- v. To harm.
- v. To submit or file a grievance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A manager of a farm, or overseer of any work; a reeve; a manorial bailiff.
- transitive v. To occasion grief to; to wound the sensibilities of; to make sorrowful; to cause to suffer; to afflict; to hurt; to try.
- transitive v. To sorrow over.
- intransitive v. To feel grief; to be in pain of mind on account of an evil; to sorrow; to mourn; -- often followed by at, for, or over.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inflict mental pain or distress upon; cause to suffer; make sorrowful; afflict; aggrieve.
- To vex; harass; oppress.
- To sorrow over; deplore; lament.
- To feel grief; be in mental distress; sorrow; mourn: usually followed by at, for, about, or over.
- Synonyms Mourn, etc. See lament, v. i.
- n. Another spelling of greeve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to feel sorrow
- v. feel grief
Middle English greven, from Old French grever, to harm, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English grœfa (Wiktionary)
From Old French grever ("to burden"), from Latin gravare, from adjective gravis ("grave"). (Wiktionary)