(noun, adjective, verb)


1. dignified and serious in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

- a grave God-fearing man

Similar word(s): serious, sedate, sober, solemn

2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

- a grave situation

- a grave illness

Similar word(s): critical, dangerous, grievous, serious, severe

3. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

- grave responsibilities

- faced a grave decision in a time of crisis

Similar word(s): important, grievous, heavy, weighty


1. death of a person

- he went to his grave without forgiving me

- from cradle to grave

Definition categories: time, death, demise, dying

2. 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

Similar word(s): tomb

Definition categories: man–made, place, spot

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

Definition categories: communication, accent


1. shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it

Similar word(s): sculpt, sculpture

Definition categories: contact, carve

2. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

- engrave a pen

- engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name

Similar word(s): engrave, inscribe, scratch

Definition categories: contact, carve