bereave

verb
be·​reave | \bi-ˈrēv, bē-\
bereaved or bereft\bi-​ˈreft, bē-​ \; bereaving

Definition of bereave 

transitive verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for bereave

Synonyms

abate, deprive, divest, strip

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

First Known Use of bereave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bereave

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bereave

Dictionary Entries near bereave

berdache

Berdyayev

Berean

bereave

bereaved

bereavement

be reborn

Statistics for bereave

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bereave

The first known use of bereave was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bereave

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bereave

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bereave

Nglish: Translation of bereave for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bereave for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bereave

What made you want to look up bereave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!