--noun (singular: grave; plural: graves)

1. death of a person.
  • "He went to his grave without forgiving me."
2. tomb: a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone) .
  • "He put flowers on his mother's grave."
3. grave accent: a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation.

--adj. (comparative: graver; superlative: gravest)

4. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises.
  • "A grave God-fearing man."
5. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm.
  • "A grave situation."
6. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought.
  • "Grave responsibilities."

--verb usually used with object (verb: grave; 3rd person present: graves; past tense: graved; past participle: graven; gerund or present participle: graving)

7. to carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface.
  • "Engrave a pen."
8. to shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it.
1541, from Middle French grave, from Latin gravis "weighty, serious, heavy", from PIE base *gru- (confer O.Ir. guruh "heavy, weighty;" Greek baros "weight", barys "heavy;" Gothic kaurus "heavy").
Old English gr? "grave, ditch", from Proto Germanic *graban (confer O.S. graf, O.Fris. gref, Old High German grab "grave, tomb;" Old Norse gr? "cave", Gothic graba "ditch"), from PIE base *ghrebh-/*ghrobh- "to dig, to scratch, to scrape" (confer Old Church Slavonic grobu "grave, tomb"); related to grafan "to dig" (see grave (v.)). From Middle Ages to 17c., they were temporary, crudely marked repositories from which the bones were removed to ossuaries after some years and the grave used for a fresh burial. "Perpetual graves" became common from c.1650. To make (someone) turn in his grave "behave in some way that would have offended the dead person" is first recorded 1888. Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c.1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.
Old English grafan (p.t. grof, pp. grafen) "to dig, carve", from Proto Germanic *grabanan (confer Old Norse grafa, O.Fris. greva, Old High German graban, Gothic graban "to dig, carve"), from the same source as grave (n.). Its Middle English strong pp., graven, is the only part still active, the rest of the word supplanted by its derivative, engrave.

A grave is a location where a dead body is buried. Graves are usually located in special areas set aside for the purpose of burial, such as graveyards or cemeteries.