grieve / grēv/ • v. [intr.] suffer grief: she grieved for her father. ∎ [tr.] feel grief for or because of: she did not have the opportunity to grieve her mother's death. ∎ [tr.] cause great distress to (someone): what grieves you, my son?| [tr.] it grieves me to think of you in that house alone. DERIVATIVES: griev·er n.