Adjective "Grave" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A hole dug in the ground to receive a coffin or dead body, typically marked by a stone or mound.
  1. 'a mass grave'
  2. 'The body was buried in an unmarked grave in the town cemetery.'
  3. 'Burial is in local cemeteries, and family graves are well tended.'
  4. 'The relatives of all those buried in the graveyards had decorated their graves for the occasion.'
  5. 'Most of the missing are believed to be buried in mass graves, and several mass grave sites have already been found and exhumed.'
  6. 'The unadorned stones had marked the graves of unidentified Confederate soldiers.'
  7. 'The unmarked mass graves have been watched and revered by them for decades.'
  8. 'Mass graves were dug on the outskirts of the city for thousands of the bodies.'
  9. 'He died apparently in poverty and was buried in a pauper's grave.'
  10. 'Sasha looked down at her sister's fresh grave.'
  11. 'Family members gather and visit the graves of their ancestors to burn offerings of paper money and incense.'
  12. 'There's something compelling, even mythic, about a boy reaching out from beyond the grave to save the children of his family's sworn enemy.'
  13. 'But the woman whose picture on the cover of a newspaper could boost circulation by 20,000 copies can still work magic from beyond the grave.'
  14. 'It is often at the graveside that people's ears and hearts strain to hear a word that carries beyond death and the grave.'
  15. 'Somehow, you feel that even now, 17 years later, he's still exerting his influence from beyond the grave…'
  16. 'Anguished voices have a way of echoing beyond the grave.'
  17. 'All the secular knowledge in the world will not give a man joy and gladness, when he thinks on sickness, and death, and the grave.'
  18. 'They say they can talk to the dead, prove there is life after death and deliver messages to the grieving from beyond the grave.'
  19. 'Even the author's most sympathetic reviewers have expressed the opinion that this sexual encounter from beyond the grave is an unsuccessful instance of overreaching.'
  20. 'The plot is a typical fireside ghost story - murder, infidelity and a message from beyond the grave - and the thrills are familiar.'
  21. 'Meanwhile, mom's heart may not be beating, but she's still with them, naggingly offering irritating guilt trips from beyond the grave.'
  22. 'they lifted the aircraft from its watery grave'
  23. 'In the Seetalsee across the border in Austria a further £500m in ingots is said to repose in a watery grave.'
  24. 'Apparently not; the painstakingly hand-tended wooden form of my Jordan 193 now lies in a watery grave in the river at a former factory site.'


Clean (a ship's bottom) by burning off the accretions and then tarring it.
  1. 'They are graved, i.e., a surface layer of oxidation has been scratched away.'
  2. 'At the outbreak of the Second World War the port, with its large graving and floating docks, became a naval base and later an Admiralty dockyard.'
  3. 'After a period of time in Ternate, she left and sailed southward of the Celebes where they stopped at an island and graved the ship for 26 days.'

More definitions

1. an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.

2. any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave.

3. any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.

4. death: O grave, where is thy victory? Idioms

5. have one foot in the grave, to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent: It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave.

6. make (one) turn / turn ov

More examples(as adjective)

"situations can be grave due to practices."

"warnings can be grave for people."

"problems can be grave for months."

"manners can be grave as to dangers."

"faces can be grave with self-importances."

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(grave)Late Middle English: perhaps from French dialect grave, variant of Old French greve ‘shore’ (because originally the ship would have been run aground).


dig one's own grave
(as) silent (or quiet) as the grave
take the (or one's etc.) secret to the grave
turn (or roll over or turn over) in one's grave