Definition of bereave
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
news of a death in the family bereaved them of the unmitigated joy that normally prevails at a wedding
Recent Examples of bereave from the Web
Bereaved ones stand or sit next to portraits of the dead, recalling the anthropologist Nigel Clark’s comment that in an age of disbelief, death has nowhere to go but memory.
Bereaved parent support One-on-one counseling is available.
Siatta watched the family file out — bereaved, terrified and covered in fine, powdery dust.
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