[ bih-reev ]
/ bɪˈriv /
verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing.
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.
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Origin of bereave
OTHER WORDS FROM bereavebe·reave·ment, nounbe·reav·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bereave
/ (bɪˈriːv) /
(usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
obsolete to remove by force
See also bereft
Word Origin for bereave
Old English bereafian; see reave 1
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