Definition of bereave verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

bereave

 verb
verb
NAmE//bɪˈriv//
 
be bereavedVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bereave
 
he / she / it bereaves
 
past simple bereaved
 
-ing form bereaving
 
 
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if someone is bereaved, a relative or close friend has just died The ceremony was an ordeal for those who had been recently bereaved.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bereave