Bereave Be*reave" (b[-e]*r[=e]v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bereaved} (b[-e]*r[=e]vd"), {Bereft} (b[-e]*r[e^]ft"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bereaving.}] [OE. bireven, AS. bere['a]fian. See {Be-}, and {Reave.}] [1913 Webster] 1. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before the person or thing taken away. [1913 Webster]

Madam, you have bereft me of all words. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Bereft of him who taught me how to sing. --Tickell. [1913 Webster]

2. To take away from. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All your interest in those territories Is utterly bereft you; all is lost. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To take away. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Shall move you to bereave my life. --Marlowe. [1913 Webster]

Note: The imp. and past pple. form bereaved is not used in reference to immaterial objects. We say bereaved or bereft by death of a relative, bereft of hope and strength. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To dispossess; to divest. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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