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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).

[Middle English bireven, to deprive, from Old English berēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

be·reave′ment n.
be·reav′er n.
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a person who bereaves
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whither should I go now that the Bereaver has seized my flesh?
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