bereave

verb be·reave \ bi-ˈrēv , bē- \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of bereave

bereaved or bereft play \bi-ˈreft, bē-\; bereaving
1 : to deprive of something usually used with of
  • Madam, you have bereft me of all words …
  • —William Shakespeare
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

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