Definition of bereft in English:


Line breaks: be¦reft
Pronunciation: /bɪˈrɛft


  • 2(Of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone’s death or departure: his death in 1990 left her bereft
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    • Of all the bereft women presented in this section, the servant-girl struck me as the most crushed.
    • I love having my dogs around, but now I'm totally bereft.
    • Widows, bereft parents, and odd widower - you could always count on seeing a few of them sitting by a grave.


late 16th century: archaic past participle of bereave.

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