bereave

[ 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.

Origin of bereave

before 900; Middle English bereven, Old English berēafian; cognate with Dutch berooven, German berauben, Gothic biraubōn. See be-, reave1

Related forms

be·reave·ment, nounbe·reav·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for bereaving

  • In bereaving me of my love, she must be content to take my existence also.

    Jane Talbot|Charles Brockden Brown
  • But the bereaving day renders a boy destitute of his contemporaries; he is ever dejected, and his cheeks are bedewed with tears.

  • Would I have taken pleasure in bereaving thee of aught that was not hurtful?

    Clare Avery|Emily Sarah Holt
  • But she would not have cared for these things; while bereaving himself, he would have enriched her not at all.

British Dictionary definitions for bereaving

bereave

/ (bɪˈriːv) /

verb (tr)

(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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