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adjective grave pronunciation in British 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.

    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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gravely

adverb

Her husband had been gravely ill for some time.

She nodded gravely.

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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