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adjective grave pronunciation in American English /ɡreɪv/ 
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adjectivegrave
comparativegraver
superlativegravest
  1. 1
    so serious that you feel worried

    The situation is very grave and appears to be deteriorating.

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    1. a.
      used for emphasizing how serious something is

      The report expressed grave concerns about the safety of meat production.

      I have grave doubts that he'll ever become a doctor.

      in grave danger (of):

      The peace process is in grave danger of collapsing.

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  2. 2
    looking very serious and worried

    a grave expression/face

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gravely

adverb

Her husband had been gravely sick for some time.

She nodded gravely.

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