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used in Main Street

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1  —5 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 gravely taught them the letters on the backs of the encyclopedias, and when polite visitors asked about the mental progress of the "little ones," they were horrified to hear the children earnestly repeating A-And, And-Aus, Aus-Bis, Bis-Cal, Cal-Cha.
    Chapter 1 (63% in)
  • In the library she had not had much time to give them, but now she knew the luxury of stopping, gravely asking Bessie Clark whether her doll had yet recovered from its rheumatism, and agreeing with Oscar Martinsen that it would be Good Fun to go trapping "mushrats."
    Chapter 5 (69% in)
  • He gravely heard her out; nodded, said, "Be right over."
    Chapter 26 (66% in)
  • While Kennicott explained in detail all that he thought he was trying to do, while he rubbed his chin and gravely stated, "Struck me the grass was looking kind of brown in patches—didn't know but what I'd give it a sprinkling," and while Harry agreed that this was an excellent idea, Juanita made friendly noises and, behind the gilt screen of an affectionate smile, watched Carol's face.
    Chapter 29 (60% in)
  • We're alike," gravely.
    Chapter 30 (81% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Main Street.

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exact meaning not specified
  • A suite in Paris, immense high grave rooms, with lambrequins and a balcony.
    Chapter 19 (36% in)
  • She suddenly saw the foot-board of the bed as the foot-stone of the grave of love.
    Chapter 14 (49% in)
  • She remembered her father's Christmas fantasies: the sacred old rag doll at the top of the tree, the score of cheap presents, the punch and carols, the roast chestnuts by the fire, and the gravity with which the judge opened the children's scrawly notes and took cognizance of demands for sled-rides, for opinions upon the existence of Santa Claus.
    Chapter 16 (3% in)
  • The gravity of the people who stood apart and talked made her the more impatient for frolic.
    Chapter 17 (12% in)
  • The baby curled in her lap, his head on her arm, listening with gravity while she sang from Gene Field: 'tis little Luddy-Dud in the morning— 'tis little Luddy-Dud at night: And all day long 'tis the same dear song Of that growing, crowing, knowing little sprite.
    Chapter 25 (62% in)
  • They hobbled behind a band made up of business men and high-school boys, who straggled along without uniforms or ranks or leader, trying to play Chopin's Funeral March—a shabby group of neighbors with grave eyes, stumbling through the slush under a solemnity of faltering music.
    Chapter 35 (7% in)
  • Once Carol followed him and found the coarse, tobacco-stained, unimaginative old man lying on the snow of the grave, his thick arms spread out across the raw mound as if to protect her from the cold, her whom he had carefully covered up every night for sixty years, who was alone there now, uncared for.
    Chapter 35 (11% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Main Street.

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