Definition of bereave in English:


Line breaks: be|reave
Pronunciation: /bɪˈriːv


(be bereaved)
Be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death: she had recently been bereaved (as adjective bereaved) bereaved families (as noun the bereaved) those who counsel the bereaved
More example sentences
  • Many families have been bereaved following the deaths of men doing an honest day's work.
  • I know of one who was bereaved and had friends and family speeding to offer their support.
  • During the American occupation, she visited orphans, bereaved families and war veterans.


Old English berēafian (see be-, reave). The original sense was 'deprive of' in general.

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