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tr.v. be·reaved or be·reft (-rĕft′), be·reav·ing, be·reaves
1. To take a loved one from (a person), especially by death: "Cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved" (Alan Paton).
2. To take something valuable or necessary from (a person or thing): "He was subject to fits, which bereaved him ... of his senses" (David Hume).
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1. (usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
2. obsolete to remove by force
[Old English bereafian; see reave1]
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v.t. -reaved -reft, -reav•ing.
1. to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death: Illness bereaved them of their mother.
2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force: War bereft us of our home.
[before 900; Middle English bereven, Old English berēafian, c. Old Saxon birōbōn, Old High German biroubōn, Gothic biraubon to rob]
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Past participle: bereaved
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bereave[bɪˈriːv] (bereft (pt, pp)) VT → privar (of de)
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