To bereave is to take away, often as a result of death, or to leave someone feeling sad.verb
- An example of bereave is when a parent dies.
- An example of bereave is to tell someone an upsetting story about their family.
- to deprive or rob; dispossess: now usually in the pp. bereft: she was bereft of hope or happiness
- to leave in a sad or lonely state, as by loss or death
- Obsolete to take away by force
Origin: ME bireven < OE bereafian, to deprive, rob < be-, be- + reafian, akin to Ger rauben: see reave
- bereavement noun
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transitive verb be·reaved or be·reft , be·reav·ing, be·reaves
- To leave desolate or alone, especially by death: “Cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved” (Alan Paton).
- Archaic To take (something valuable or necessary), typically by force.
Origin: Middle English bireven, to deprive, from Old English berēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- be·reaveˈment noun
- be·reavˈer noun