What does bereave mean?

bereave meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see fast). A typical Germanic development (compare Old Frisian birava "despoil," Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old tall German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic biraubon). Since mid-17c., mainly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, along with other immaterial belongings. Last tight types bereaved and bereft have actually co-existed since 14c., now slightly differentiated in definition, the previous put on lack of loved ones, the latter to situations.


bereave meaning in General Dictionary

deprive through death

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  • to help make destitute; to rob; to strip; -- with of before the person or thing recinded.
  • To remove from.
  • To remove.

bereave meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To produce destitute; to rob; to remove; -- with of prior to the individual or thing removed.

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  • (v. t.) To take away from.
  • (v. t.) To remove.