bereave

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be·reave

 (bĭ-rēv′)
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.

bereave

(bɪˈriːv)
vb (tr)
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]

be•reave

(bɪˈriv)

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]
be•reave′ment, n.
be•reav′er, n.

bereave


Past participle: bereaved
Gerund: bereaving

Imperative
bereave
bereave
Present
I bereave
you bereave
he/she/it bereaves
we bereave
you bereave
they bereave
Preterite
I bereaved
you bereaved
he/she/it bereaved
we bereaved
you bereaved
they bereaved
Present Continuous
I am bereaving
you are bereaving
he/she/it is bereaving
we are bereaving
you are bereaving
they are bereaving
Present Perfect
I have bereaved
you have bereaved
he/she/it has bereaved
we have bereaved
you have bereaved
they have bereaved
Past Continuous
I was bereaving
you were bereaving
he/she/it was bereaving
we were bereaving
you were bereaving
they were bereaving
Past Perfect
I had bereaved
you had bereaved
he/she/it had bereaved
we had bereaved
you had bereaved
they had bereaved
Future
I will bereave
you will bereave
he/she/it will bereave
we will bereave
you will bereave
they will bereave
Future Perfect
I will have bereaved
you will have bereaved
he/she/it will have bereaved
we will have bereaved
you will have bereaved
they will have bereaved
Future Continuous
I will be bereaving
you will be bereaving
he/she/it will be bereaving
we will be bereaving
you will be bereaving
they will be bereaving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bereaving
you have been bereaving
he/she/it has been bereaving
we have been bereaving
you have been bereaving
they have been bereaving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bereaving
you will have been bereaving
he/she/it will have been bereaving
we will have been bereaving
you will have been bereaving
they will have been bereaving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bereaving
you had been bereaving
he/she/it had been bereaving
we had been bereaving
you had been bereaving
they had been bereaving
Conditional
I would bereave
you would bereave
he/she/it would bereave
we would bereave
you would bereave
they would bereave
Past Conditional
I would have bereaved
you would have bereaved
he/she/it would have bereaved
we would have bereaved
you would have bereaved
they would have bereaved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bereave - deprive through deathbereave - deprive through death    
deprive, divest, strip - take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
Translations

bereave

[bɪˈriːv] (bereft (pt, pp)) VTprivar (of de)

bereave

vt
pret, ptp <bereft> (liter, = deprive) → berauben (geh) (→ of +gen)
pret, ptp <bereaved> (= cause loss by death: illness) (→ jdm jdn) → rauben (geh), → nehmen; he was bereaved of his sonsein Sohn ist ihm genommen worden (geh)
References in classic literature ?
Well, I forgot the money in the pocket of my old coat-- you know when God will ruin a man he first of all bereaves him of his senses--and it was only this morning at half-past seven that I woke up and grabbed at my coat pocket, first thing.
Forsake me not thus, ADAM, witness Heav'n What love sincere, and reverence in my heart I beare thee, and unweeting have offended, Unhappilie deceav'd; thy suppliant I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not, Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid, Thy counsel in this uttermost distress, My onely strength and stay: forlorn of thee, Whither shall I betake me, where subsist?