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used in My Antonia

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1  —4 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
  • "Then I have misjudged you, and I ask your pardon"—he bowed gravely.
    Book 3 — Lena Lingard (82% in)
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
  • He spoke kindly and gravely, and Antonia translated: 'My tatinek say when you are big boy, he give you his gun.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (29% in)
  • 'You had better go over and see our neighbours tomorrow, Emmaline,' he replied gravely.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (50% in)
  • Presently he said gravely: 'Sister, you know mother's name is Berthe.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (26% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in My Antonia.

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exact meaning not specified
  • I was thinking about Antonia and her children; about Anna's solicitude for her, Ambrosch's grave affection, Leo's jealous, animal little love.
    Book 5 — Cuzak's Boys (57% in)
  • "There I will bury him, if I dig the grave myself," she say.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (81% in)
  • I have to promise her I help Ambrosch make the grave tomorrow.'
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (81% in)
  • All day Friday Jelinek was off with Ambrosch digging the grave, chopping out the frozen earth with old axes.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (81% in)
  • When we reached the grave, it looked a very little spot in that snow-covered waste.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (83% in)
  • Years afterward, when the open-grazing days were over, and the red grass had been ploughed under and under until it had almost disappeared from the prairie; when all the fields were under fence, and the roads no longer ran about like wild things, but followed the surveyed section-lines, Mr. Shimerda's grave was still there, with a sagging wire fence around it, and an unpainted wooden cross.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (85% in)
  • The road from the north curved a little to the east just there, and the road from the west swung out a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (85% in)
  • I loved the dim superstition, the propitiatory intent, that had put the grave there; and still more I loved the spirit that could not carry out the sentence—the error from the surveyed lines, the clemency of the soft earth roads along which the home-coming wagons rattled after sunset.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (85% in)
  • I said I felt sure then that he was on his way back to his own country, and that even now, when I passed his grave, I always thought of him as being among the woods and fields that were so dear to him.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (84% in)
  • His gravity made us laugh immoderately.
    Book 3 — Lena Lingard (66% in)
  • He was usually cold and distant with men, but with all women he had a silent, grave familiarity, a special handshake, accompanied by a significant, deliberate look.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (29% in)
  • After supper Mrs. Steavens and I went upstairs to the old sitting-room, while her grave, silent brother remained in the basement to read his farm papers.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (40% in)
  • She was thinner than I had ever seen her, and looked as Mrs. Steavens said, 'worked down,' but there was a new kind of strength in the gravity of her face, and her colour still gave her that look of deep-seated health and ardour.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (86% in)
  • He, too, looked grave.
    Book 5 — Cuzak's Boys (6% in)
  • In my memory there was a succession of such pictures, fixed there like the old woodcuts of one's first primer: Antonia kicking her bare legs against the sides of my pony when we came home in triumph with our snake; Antonia in her black shawl and fur cap, as she stood by her father's grave in the snowstorm; Antonia coming in with her work-team along the evening sky-line.
    Book 5 — Cuzak's Boys (58% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in My Antonia.

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