verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing.
Origin of bereave
Examples 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
Word Origin for bereave
Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rapid). A common Germanic formation (cf. Old Frisian birava "despoil," Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old High German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic biraubon). Since mid-17c., mostly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, and other immaterial possessions. Past tense forms bereaved and bereft have co-existed since 14c., now slightly differentiated in meaning, the former applied to loss of loved ones, the latter to circumstances.