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grave
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

13 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
Her manner was grave.
Definition
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
  • he said gravely, "that is very serious indeed!"
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (32% in)
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (86% in)
  • With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the corridor.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (89% in)
  • His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his conclusions.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (68% in)
  • Holmes shook his head gravely.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (31% in)
  • "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (32% in)
  • But Holmes shook his head gravely.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (38% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon his face.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (79% in)
  • "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (47% in)
  • A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at the bedside of the sufferer.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (68% in)
  • It must be confessed, however, that the case looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very possible that he is indeed the culprit.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (15% in)
  • I am much indebted to you, sir, for a Scotch bonnet is fitted neither to my years nor my gravity.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (53% in)
  • He followed me to my room, however, that night with a very grave face.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (29% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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