gravegrave1 /ɡreɪv/ ●●○ noun [countable]1MXthe place in the ground where a dead body is buried → tombAt the head of the grave there was a small wooden cross.2 →the grave3 →somebody would turn in their grave → dig your own graveat dig1(8), → from (the) cradle to (the) graveat cradle1(3), → have one foot in the graveat foot1(24), → silent as the graveat silent(3), → a watery graveat watery(4)COLLOCATIONSverbsdig a graveIn the churchyard, a man was digging a grave.mark a graveThe stone marked the grave of their young daughter.bury somebody in a grave (=put someone in a grave)She was buried in a grave next to her older sister.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + gravea shallow grave (=a hole that is not very deep in the ground)They found the woman’s remains in a shallow grave in the woods.a mass grave (=one that is filled with many people, especially people killed in a war or people who died of a disease at a similar time)Plague victims were buried in a mass grave.an unmarked grave (=one that does not have anything to show where it is or who is in it)Until 1855, poor people here were buried in unmarked graves.a family grave (=one where members of a family are buried together)Walter died in 1922 and was buried in the family grave in Finchley cemetery.an open grave (=one that has not yet been covered in earth)He wept by her open grave.grave + NOUNa grave site (=the place where a grave is)The president visited the grave sites of 12 youths killed in recent bombings.
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grave• One of two silvercups found together with a set of wine-drinking utensils in a grave.• The miracles which have since occurred at his grave have confirmed his holiness.• Beethoven may be rolling over in his grave, but audienceslove it.• And do the different types of gravereflect different periods or something else?• Her body was found buried in a shallowgrave in a grove two days after she was last seen with Thompson.• In fact, none of the graves has any marker at all, and the graveyard itself is unmarked and untended.• This band will not go to their graves with their songs still in them.gravegrave2 ●●○ adjective1SERIOUS PERSONgrave problems, situations, or worries are very great or bad → seriousMatthew’s life is in grave danger.The report expressed grave concern over the technicians’ lack of training.I have grave doubts about his ability.The situation is becoming very grave.► see thesaurus at seriousRegisterIn everyday English, people usually use serious rather than grave, and seriously rather than gravely:I have serious doubts about whether he’s up to the job.I’m seriously worried about her.2SERIOUS/NOT JOKINGlooking or sounding quiet and serious, especially because something important or worrying has happened syn sombreTurnbull’s face was grave as he told them about the accident. —gravely adverbAdam nodded gravely.We are gravely concerned (=very concerned) about these developments. →gravity