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English definition of “grieve”


verb     /ɡriːv/
[I] to feel or express great sadness , especially when someone dies : He is still grieving for/over his wife .Remembering people who have died [T] formal to make you feel sad and angry : [+ obj + to infinitive ] It grieves me to see all this food going to waste .Making people sad, shocked and upset
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