to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother.
to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of): The war bereaved them of their home.
Obsolete. to take away by violence.
- be·reave·ment, noun
- be·reav·er, noun
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How to use bereave in a sentence
Although the study didn’t calculate the ratio globally, more than 6 million have died worldwide, undoubtedly leaving tens of millions bereaved.We can do better than what was ‘normal’ before the pandemic | Aimee Cunningham | April 4, 2022 | Science News
That’s roughly triple the death toll so far, leaving behind 116,900 parentally bereaved kids.At Least 43,000 Kids in the U.S. Have Lost a Parent to COVID-19, Study Finds | Jeffrey Kluger | April 7, 2021 | Time
She will thee bereave of almost every joy, the fair-faced foster-child of Heimir.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
To whom, think ye, is your life of such consequence, that they should seek to bereave ye of it?Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated | Sir Walter Scott
And, dear sweetheart, be not afraid that you shall be left without a lover; that I shall bereave you!The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance | Paul Elmer More
But as a taste of blood will infuriate a hound, so her own laughter seemed to bereave Bianca of all restraint.Fraternity | John Galsworthy
Fortuna opes auferre, non animum potest—Fortune may bereave us of wealth, but not of courage.
British Dictionary definitions for bereave
(usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
obsolete to remove by force
- See also bereft
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