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bereave

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verb be·reave \bi-ˈrēv, bē-\

Definition of bereave

be·reaved or be·reftplay \-ˈreft\be·reav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of something —usually used with of <madam, you have bereft me of all words — Shakespeare>

  3. 2 :  to take away (a valued or necessary possession) especially by force



Examples of bereave

  1. <news of a death in the family bereaved them of the unmitigated joy that normally prevails at a wedding>



Origin of bereave

Middle English bereven, from Old English berēafian, from be- + rēafian to rob — more at reave


First Known Use: before 12th century




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