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griefnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɡriːf/
B2 very ​greatsadness, ​especially at the ​death of someone: Her grief at her son's ​death was ​terrible. Newspapers should not ​intrude on people's ​private grief. newspaperpictures of grief-​strickenrelativescome to grief to ​suddenlyfail in what you are doing, often because you have an ​accident: The ​Italianchampion was in second ​position when he came to grief on the third ​lap.give sb grief informal to ​criticize someone ​angrilyget grief informal to be ​criticizedangrily: He didn't like my ​decision, and I still get grief about it from him.

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(Definition of grief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grief" in American English

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griefnoun [U]

 us   /ɡrif/
very ​greatsadness, esp. at the ​death of someone: It took her ​years to get over her grief at the ​death of her ​mother. fig. I had no ​idea that ​forgetting my driver’s ​license would ​cause me so much grief (= ​trouble).
(Definition of grief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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