bereave

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verb be·reave \bi-ˈrēv, bē-\

Definition of bereave

bereaved

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bereft

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bereaving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of something —usually used with of Madam, you have bereft me of all words … — William Shakespeare

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

Examples of bereave in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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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