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Definition of bereave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bereave

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːv//
 
be bereavedVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bereave
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːv//
 
he / she / it bereaves
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːvz//
 
past simple bereaved
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːvd//
 
past participle bereaved
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːvd//
 
-ing form bereaving
BrE BrE//bɪˈriːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈriːvɪŋ//
 
 
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if somebody is bereaved, a relative or close friend has just died The ceremony was an ordeal for those who had been recently bereaved. Word Origin Old English berēafian (from be- and reave ‘to rob someone of something’). The original sense was ‘deprive of’ in general.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bereave