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grave
used in A Thousand Acres

3 uses
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1  —1 use 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
  • Mr. Cartier introduced himself to each of us individually, making eye contact and smiling gravely.
    p. 281.7

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in A Thousand Acres.

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  • I could push past him, give him toast and cereal and bacon, a breakfast without a center of gravity, or I could run home and get the eggs.
    p. 114.8
  • She had no interest in the farm equipment—gravity wagons filled with grain, augers, tractors, cornpickers, trucks.
    p. 63.7

There are no more uses of "grave" in A Thousand Acres.

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