Meaning of mourn in English:


Pronunciation /mɔːn/

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[with object]
  • 1Feel or show sorrow for the death of (someone), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black clothes.

    ‘Isobel mourned her husband’
    • ‘she mourned for her friends who died in the accident’
    • ‘He was lost in battle to his only enemy, and he was mourned for years after his death by the people who had grown to love him.’
    • ‘As well as mourning someone's death, one ought to be able to celebrate their life.’
    • ‘In death he was widely mourned, but as much for his joie de vivre as for his rugby.’
    • ‘Those two survivors will need to live with their loss and their sorrow as they mourn their colleagues.’
    • ‘She is mourned by her husband, sons, daughters, grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends.’
    • ‘She is deeply mourned by her husband Tommy, sons, daughter, relatives, family, and friends.’
    • ‘Dressed in widows weeds to mourn her beloved husband, her black clothing merely enhanced the strict lines of her face.’
    • ‘She weeps as she mourns her mother and brother at the site where her home once stood.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of her death, he sank into an all-time low as he mourned his lifelong friend.’
    • ‘I wavered at seeing him so angry, but thought of all the nights he must have lain in his room weeping, mourning his dead brother the same way I mourned my mom.’
    • ‘His final years saw him as a popular figure and on his death in 1852 he was mourned as a great soldier and outstanding public servant.’
    • ‘Usually, in an accident of this kind, we mourn the people who have died.’
    • ‘Of course she is entitled to mourn her late husband and the other thousands of young men from Britain who gave their lives.’
    • ‘Many people had come to mourn the quiet woman who had taught literature at the college.’
    • ‘The denouement, where the mother mourns her daughter lying dead on the stage, left the audience awestruck and silent for a long moment of grief, before breaking into rapturous applause.’
    • ‘As the world mourns this remarkable man of faith, we reflect on the legacy of his extraordinary life and the challenges facing the church he led for so long.’
    • ‘Almost a year has passed since Sheila lost 71-year-old Graham to cancer but she still mourns him as though it were yesterday.’
    • ‘The teenager mourns her dead father, sitting alone with his photograph, listening to his record collection and perfectly mimicking their voices.’
    • ‘At the policeman's funeral, the mayor of his village mourns him and is sad at the prospect of new burials.’
    • ‘Instead, his family are left mourning a man whose hopes for a peaceful life in Thailand ended in unimaginable torture and horror and whose death has changed many people's futures.’
    • ‘Northampton is mourning the loss of one of its elderly residents.’
    grieve for, sorrow over, lament for, weep for, shed tears for, shed tears over, keen over, wail over
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    1. 1.1Feel regret or sadness about (the loss or disappearance of something)
      ‘publishers mourned declining sales of hardback fiction’
      • ‘The pub trade in York is now mourning the loss of a good licensing officer who bitterly regrets the part he played in his own downfall.’
      • ‘I've always bemoaned these losses, but never exactly mourned the loss of a station.’
      • ‘Jillian admitted that she still mourns the loss of her first true love.’
      • ‘The nation continues to mourn the loss of the Community Police as a functioning unit.’
      • ‘While the mother mourns the loss of her obedient daughter, the daughter longs for recognition of her new thoughts and independent identity.’
      • ‘Kafka was supposedly mourning the loss of spirituality and mysticism in the modern age - so perhaps he would have been heartened by Blaine's revival of public interest in the art.’
      • ‘However, Kalaimani, unshaven and unkempt, mourning the loss of his boats had to be convinced to forget the dowry amount and encouraged to go ahead with the wedding.’
      • ‘Either that or he was seriously mourning the loss of his bed.’
      • ‘They say they will be mourning the loss of patient choice, two doctors and a nurse, mobile telephone access to a doctor and the surgery's support team.’
      • ‘But are the city's chocolate fans mourning their loss or looking forward to enjoying the newly-packed sweets?’
      • ‘Classical musicians are mourning the demise of the country's last radio orchestra, set to disband in November after championing the works of Canadian composers for 70 years and producing award-winning recordings.’
      • ‘I don't think we should mourn the demise of our deeply-flawed nations.’
      • ‘Although most individuals did not mourn its disappearance, there were some that did.’
      deplore, bewail, bemoan, rue, regret, sigh over
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Old English murnan, of Germanic origin.