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used in Atlas Shrugged

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1  —28 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
  • I don't believe he ever was a first-rate scientist-but what a priceless valet of science! I know that he has been facing a grave problem lately.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (51% in)
  • If this was a thought of the gravest importance, she did not know it; nothing could be grave in a universe from which the concept of pain had been wiped out; she was not there to weigh her conclusion; she was asleep, a faint smile on her face, in a silent, luminous room filled with the light of morning.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (54% in)
  • He answered quietly, gravely, "No.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (68% in)
  • "I have told you the reason," he answered gravely, "but you don't want to believe it."
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (98% in)
  • "He should, undoubtedly, know more than anyone else about that," Francisco answered gravely.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (43% in)
  • The expression of his face had not changed; it was still a look of gravely courteous respect.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (66% in)
  • It began as a gesture of the gravest respect, as if its purpose were to give her strength; but as he held his lips, then his face, pressed to her hand, she knew that he was seeking strength from it himself.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (69% in)
  • She inclined her head and said gravely, "All right.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (74% in)
  • The suggestion of a smile on Mrs. Hastings' face held sadness, but the face had no imprint of tragedy, only a grave look of firmness, acceptance and quiet serenity.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (75% in)
  • She did not smile, she looked gravely courteous as she answered, "It was very kind of you to come here."
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (39% in)
  • She saw the stillness of his face, the sudden earnestness of the eyes, a strange earnestness that seemed eager and almost pleading, then she heard his voice come gravely, as if from under the pressure of some emotion that made it sound simple and humble: "What is your problem, Miss Taggart?"
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (41% in)
  • Francisco asked gravely.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (71% in)
  • Rearden did not think that Francisco could have heard it, but he saw Francisco turning to them with a gravely courteous smile.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (71% in)
  • Francisco said gravely, "I suggest that you think twice, sir."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (85% in)
  • His face suddenly earnest, Francisco answered gravely, almost solemnly, "Yes-what I think is going to be my best and greatest."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (86% in)
  • Francisco said gravely, as he had said to the portly man, but with an odd note of gentleness in his voice, "I suggest that you think twice, Mr. Rearden."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (88% in)
  • That's true," said Rearden gravely.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (22% in)
  • "I want," said Rearden gravely, "to let the nature of this procedure appear exactly for what it is.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (51% in)
  • "That is the flaw in your theory, gentlemen," said Rearden gravely, "and I will not help you out of it.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (52% in)
  • "Yes," said Danneskjold gravely.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (31% in)
  • It was eagerness and an odd, solemn stillness, the sudden certainty that she was facing the approach of something unknown and of the gravest importance.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (23% in)
  • ]" He looked startled, then smiled in amusement at himself, then answered gravely, "I'll tell you that later."
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (29% in)
  • He asked, his voice gravely gentle, "Do you think that you can still serve him-that kind of man-by running the railroad?"
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (12% in)
  • His swift glance at her was like a shot of deliberate emphasis, then he answered gravely, "Yes, Miss Taggart."
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (53% in)
  • There was a pause, then Galt asked gravely, his voice low, "Is it as bad as that-whatever it is?"
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (18% in)
  • It seemed to her that she caught an imperceptible shading in his gravely attentive expression: he looked as if this were a matter about which he did not choose to feel.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (33% in)
  • Dagny inclined her head gravely.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (65% in)
  • "Of course," said Dagny gravely.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (53% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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exact meaning not specified
  • He said one must not try to bring people back out of the grave...... He wished me luck.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (77% in)
  • But she felt a vague apprehension which she could not define, the suggestion that there was something of grave consequence in whatever had made him say it, something dangerous to him.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (99% in)
  • If this was a thought of the gravest importance, she did not know it; nothing could be grave in a universe from which the concept of pain had been wiped out; she was not there to weigh her conclusion; she was asleep, a faint smile on her face, in a silent, luminous room filled with the light of morning.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (54% in)
  • The interview was devoted to the subject of the grave social responsibility of metallurgists, stressing the fact that metal performed so many crucial tasks where human lives depended on its quality.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (31% in)
  • She turned to look at him and he saw the light of an inner smile, while her face remained solemnly grave; it was the most eloquently personal glance he had ever seen directed at himself, while she answered in a quiet, impersonal voice, "Mr.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (18% in)
  • On the crest of a distant hill, a single telegraph pole stood slanted against the sky, like a cross over a vast grave.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (78% in)
  • The woman looked at her for the briefest instant of a pause; it was an odd glance, inquiring and grave.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (74% in)
  • The measured tone of gravity went through every syllable of her voice, like a warning.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (74% in)
  • Since then, she says, it's been as if the center of gravity were swinging wildly-like in a sinking cargo ship out of control-shifting from industry to industry, from man to man.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (42% in)
  • Do you realize the gravity of the charge against you?
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (50% in)
  • No. There was a pause; then his voice came slowly, changed and grave: "Better take a look at them, Dagny."
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (58% in)
  • Rearden had not moved to bend over the prints, but sat looking down at them with grave attentiveness, as if, from the perspective of distance, he were discovering something about them which he had not known.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (76% in)
  • His face was grave and calm; the look of happiness was gone, but the amusement of the playboy had not returned.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (7% in)
  • She rose to her feet, but stopped: she heard his voice, its tone abruptly changed and grave, as if in answer to the shock of some sight confronting him: "What's the matter?
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (18% in)
  • He was describing in over colored detail her month of convalescence in the lonely cabin of a sheepherder, then her heroic trudging down fifty miles of mountain trails for the sake of resuming her duties to the people in this grave hour of national emergency.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (72% in)
  • He will bring light into the darkness of the world and will show us the way out of our tragic problems-a stern way, as befits the gravity of this hour, but a way of glory, as granted by the rebirth of light.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (6% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in Atlas Shrugged.

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