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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bereaveverb

    deprive through death


  1. bereaveverb

    To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip.

  2. bereaveverb

    To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.

  3. bereaveverb

    To deprive of power; prevent.

  4. bereaveverb

    To take away someone or something important or close; deprive.

  5. bereaveverb

    To destroy life; cut off.

  6. Etymology: From bereven, from bereafian and bereofan; both equivalent to. Cognate with beroven, berauben, berove, berove, berova.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BEREAVEverb

    preter. I bereaved, or bereft.

    Etymology: bereofian , Saxon.

    Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
    Only my blood speaks to you in my veins. William Shakespeare, M. of V.

    That when thou com’st to kneel at Henry’s feet,
    Thou may’st bereave him of his wits with wonder. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    There was never a prince bereaved of his dependences by his council, except there hath been either an overgreatness in one counsellor. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The sacred priests with ready knives bereave
    The beasts of life. John Dryden, Æneid.

    To deprive us of metals, is to make us mere savages; it is to bereave us of all arts and sciences, of history and letters, nay of revealed religion too, that inestimable favour of heaven. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Bereave me not,
    Whereon I live! thy gentle looks, thy aid,
    Thy counsel, in this uttermost distress. Parad. Lost, b. x.

    All your interest in those territories
    Is utterly bereft you, all is lost. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bereaveverb

    to make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before the person or thing taken away

  2. Bereaveverb

    to take away from

  3. Bereaveverb

    to take away

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bereave

    be-rēv′, v.t. to rob a person of anything valued: to leave destitute:—pa.t. and pa.p. bereaved′—the latter also Bereft′.—adj. Bereaved′, robbed by death of some dear relative or friend.—n. Bereave&prprime;ment, the fact or state of being so bereaved. [A.S. beréafian, to plunder. See Reave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bereave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bereave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    a socially awkward or tactless act
    • A. witness
    • B. contribution
    • C. plantation
    • D. slip

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