verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing.
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Origin of bereave
OTHER WORDS FROM bereavebe·reave·ment, nounbe·reav·er, noun
Words nearby bereave
What does bereave mean?
To bereave means to take away and leave devastated. Death bereaves us of our loved ones.
Bereave can also mean to deprive by force, as in War has bereaved them of their homes.
Bereave is most often used in the context of death. The noun form of bereave is bereavement, referring to a period of mourning or or state of intense grief, especially following the death of a loved one. Bereavement can also be used more generally to mean the state of having lost something very dear.
Example: Violence has bereaved us of yet another young person.
Where does bereave come from?
The first records of the word bereave come from before 900. Bereave is related to the word reave, which means “to rob.”
Death bereaves us of loved ones—it robs us of them. Bereave is often used as a verb along with a subject that caused the death, such as an illness, a murder, or the person who committed it. Even when bereave is used more generally, it’s still often gravely serious. Things like war bereave people of their homes and livelihoods. A person going through bereavement is often referred to as the bereaved.
Bereave should not be confused with grieve. Grieve sounds similar but is based on a different root, the Latin word gravāre, meaning “to burden.” Those who are bereaved are often grieving (not bereaving).
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How is bereave used in real life?
Bereave is most commonly used in the context of death. It is almost always used seriously.
And there have been quite a few grieving familes. Quite a few thousand. And they've kept lockdown in their grief, knowing that this virus that had bereaved them mustn't be allowed to infect and bereave more.
— Vivie Humphreys (@PerennialAnna) May 24, 2020
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— Child Bereavement UK (@cbukhelp) May 30, 2020
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— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) September 14, 2018
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Is bereave used correctly in the following sentence?
Cancer has bereaved me of two family members.
Example sentences from the Web for bereave
Though ye take from a covetous man all his treasure, he has yet one jewel left, ye cannot bereave him of his covetousness.Areopagitica|John Milton
Here the word must have been upheave, the rimes being leave, cleave, bereave.
Yea, though they bring up their sons I bereave them, till they are poor in men.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I|George Adam Smith
When she dies he shall have another: I hold it not brotherly to desire to bereave me of my two children at once.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
But as a taste of blood will infuriate a hound, so her own laughter seemed to bereave Bianca of all restraint.Fraternity|John Galsworthy