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English definition of “grave”

grave

noun [C] uk   /ɡreɪv/ us  
B1 a place in the ground where a dead person is buried: a mass grave an unmarked grave a grave digger He visits his mother's grave every Sunday.Places where bodies are buried or cremated

grave

adjective uk   /ɡreɪv/ us  
seriously bad: a grave situationSerious and severeSevere
gravely
adverb uk   /ˈɡreɪv.li/ us  
gravely illSerious and severeSevere
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