• (British, America) IPA: /bɪˈɹiːv/

bereave (bereaves, present participle bereaving; past and past participle bereaved)

  1. (transitive) To deprive by or as if by violence; to rob; to strip; to benim.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 2
      Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
    • bereft of him who taught me how to sing
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      All your interest in those territories
      Is utterly bereft you; all is lost.
    • […] shall move you to bereave my life.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of power; prevent.
  4. (transitive) To take away someone or something that is important or close; deprive.
    Death bereaved him of his wife.
    The castaways were bereft of hope.
  5. (intransitive, rare) To destroy life; cut off.
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