bereave

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 bereave — 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 something usually used with …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 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

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

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  • 9 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

  • 10 bereave — see ROB …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 bereave — v. a. Wright’s L. P. p. 101 …

    Oldest English Words

  • 12 bereave — be·reave || bɪ riːv v. deprive; be deprived, suffer loss …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 bereave — verb (be bereaved) be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death. Derivatives bereavement noun Origin OE berēafian (see be , reave) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 bereave — v. a. 1. Deprive (of something that cannot be restored), dispossess, rob, divest, strip, despoil, spoil, take away from, make destitute of. 2. Deprive of friend or kindred, afflict with personal loss, render lorn …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 bereave — v deprive, dispossess, divest, rob, strip, despoil …

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  • 16 bereave — be·reave …

    English syllables

  • 17 bereave — be•reave [[t]bɪˈriv[/t]] v. t. reaved reft, reav•ing. 1) to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death: Illness bereaved them of their mother[/ex] 2) to deprive ruthlessly or by force: War bereft us of our home[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 900; ME… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 bereave — /bəˈriv / (say buh reev), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) (bereaved or bereft, bereaving) 1. (usually in passive) to deprive ruthlessly, especially of hope, joy, etc.: bereft of all their lands. 2. (usually in passive) to make desolate through loss,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 bereave — see ROB …

    Word origins

  • 20 bereave — v.tr. (esp. as bereaved adj.) (foll. by of) deprive of a relation, friend, etc., esp. by death. Derivatives: bereavement n. Etymology: OE bereafian (as BE , REAVE) …

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