Meaning of “grief” in the English Dictionary

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"grief" in British English

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griefnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɡriːf/ us /ɡriːf/

B2 very great sadness, especially at the death of someone:

Her grief at her son's death was terrible.
Newspapers should not intrude on people's private grief.
come to grief

to suddenly fail in what you are doing, often because you have an accident:

The Italian champion was in second position when he came to grief on the third lap.
give sb grief informal

to criticize someone angrily

get grief informal

to be criticized angrily:

He didn't like my decision, and I still get grief about it from him.

More examples

  • Huge crowds followed the funeral procession in a public demonstration of grief.
  • She couldn't cope with the grief she felt inside.
  • His death at the age of 35 has occasioned an outpouring of grief.
  • My father is a stoic by nature and found it hard to express his grief when my mother died.
  • The whole village was united in their grief.

(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 great sadness, 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)