Variant of bereave
- 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: Middle English bireven ; from Old English bereafian, to deprive, rob ; from be-, be- plush reafian, akin to German rauben: see reave
- bereavement noun
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.