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grave

  
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      adj  
1    serious and solemn  
a grave look     
2    full of or suggesting danger  
a grave situation     
3    important; crucial  
grave matters of state     
4    (of colours) sober or dull  
5    also <PH:g><PH:r><PH:@><PH::><PH:v>     (Phonetics)  
a    (of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken on a lower or falling musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels  
b    of or relating to an accent (`) over vowels, denoting a pronunciation with lower or falling musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with certain special quality (as in French), or in a manner that gives the vowel status as a syllable nucleus not usually possessed by it in that position (as in English agèd)  
   Compare       acute       8       circumflex  
      n  
6    also <PH:g><PH:r><PH:@><PH::><PH:v>   a grave accent  
     (C16: from Old French, from Latin gravis; related to Greek barus heavy; see gravamen)  
   gravely             adv  
  graveness      n  
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gravelly, gravel, grave, gravy

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