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graven (See grave)
adj
1 dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: sedate, sober, solemn]
2 causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening]
3 of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference" [syn: grievous, heavy, weighty]

Noun

1 death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"
2 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" [syn: tomb]
3 a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation [syn: grave accent]

Verb

1 shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband" [syn: sculpt, sculpture]
2 carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen"; "engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup" [syn: engrave, inscribe] [also: graven]graven adj
1 cut into a desired shape; "graven images"; "sculptured representations" [syn: sculpted, sculptured]
2 cut or impressed into a surface; "an incised design"; "engraved invitations" [syn: engraved, etched, incised, inscribed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Adjective

  1. carved, engraved
    • Old Testament.
      Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
  2. Something fashioned by man, or something man-made. Anything made by man's hands.
  3. Something that is not alive, but made dead, from the grave.

Verb

graven
  1. past participle of grave

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • xʀavən

Noun

graven
  1. Plural of graf
  2. Plural of graaf

Verb

  1. to dig

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Spanish

Verb

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anaglyphic, anaglyptic, anastatic, carved, ceroplastic, chased, confirmed, creased, cut, deep-dyed, deep-engraven, deep-fixed, deep-grounded, deep-laid, deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, dyed-in-the-wool, embedded, embossed, enchased, engrafted, engraved, engraven, entrenched, established, etched, firmly established, furrowed, glyphic, glyptic, graved, grooved, hammered, implanted, impressed, imprinted, in relief, incised, indelibly impressed, infixed, ingrained, ingrown, inscribed, insculptured, inveterate, inwrought, lined, long-established, marked, modeled, molded, old-line, on a rock, on bedrock, printed, rooted, sculpted, sculptile, sculptured, set, settled, stabilized, stamped, tooled, toreutic, vested, well-established, well-founded, well-grounded, well-set, well-settled
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