transitive verb (-reaved or bereft; -reaving) Etymology: Middle English bereven, from Old English berēafian, from be- + rēafian to rob — more at reave Date: before 12th century 1. to deprive of somethingusually used with of <
madam, you have bereft me of all words — Shakespeare
2. to take away (a valued or necessary possession) especially by force

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bereave — index deprive, despoil Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bereave — (v.) O.E. bereafian to deprive of, take away, seize, rob, from be + reafian rob, plunder, from P.Gmc. *raubojanan, from PIE *reup to snatch (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)). A common Germanic formation (Cf. O.Fris. birava despoil, O.S. biroban, Du …   Etymology dictionary

  • bereave — ► VERB (be bereaved) ▪ be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death. DERIVATIVES bereavement noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • bereave — [bē rēv′, birēv′] vt. bereaved or bereft [bireft′] bereaving [ME bireven < OE bereafian, to deprive, rob < be , BE + reafian, akin to Ger rauben: see REAVE1] 1. to deprive or rob; dispossess: now usually in the pp. bereft [she was bereft of …   English World dictionary

  • bereave — bereavement, n. bereaver, n. /bi reev /, v.t., bereaved or bereft, bereaving. 1. to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death (usually fol. by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother. 2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually fol. by of):… …   Universalium

  • bereave — verb /bɪˈriːv/ To take away someone or something important or close Death bereaved him of his wife. See Also: reave …   Wiktionary

  • bereave — Synonyms and related words: abridge, bleed, curtail, cut off, deprive, deprive of, disentitle, disinherit, dispossess, divest, drain, ease one of, leave, leave behind, lighten one of, lose, milk, mine, orphan, oust, rob, strip, take away from,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bereave — see ROB …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bereave — v. a. Wright’s L. P. p. 101 …   Oldest English Words

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