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Definition of bereavement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of having lost a relative or close friend because they have died the pain of an emotional crisis such as divorce or bereavement a sense of bereavement learning to cope with bereavement bereavement counseling
  2. 2[countable] the death of a relative or close friend A family bereavement meant that he could not attend the conference. She had suffered three bereavements in quick succession.
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