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adjective grave pronunciation in American English /ɡreɪv/
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  1. 1
    so serious that you feel worried
    The situation is very grave and appears to be deteriorating.
    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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Her husband had been gravely sick for some time.
She nodded gravely.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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