A freshly dug grave




  • To dig.
  • To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
  • To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture.
  • To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
  • To entomb; to bury.
  • To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
  • To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch — so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.



Similar words


  • From Middle English grave, grafe, from Old English græf, grafu, from Proto-Germanic *grabą, *grabō, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-.
  • Cognate with West Frisian grêf, Dutch graf, Low German Graf, Graff, German Grab, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian grav, Icelandic gröf. Related to groove.
  • From Middle English graven, from Old English grafan, from Proto-Germanic *grabaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-. Cognate with Dutch graven, German graben, Danish grave, Swedish gräva, Icelandic grafa.
  • From Middle French grave, a learned borrowing from Latin gravis. Compare Old French greve. grief.

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