Definition of bereft adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪˈreft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreft//
    [not before noun] (formal) Unhappiness, Loneliness
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  1. 1bereft of something completely lacking something; having lost something bereft of ideas/hope
  2. 2(of a person) sad and lonely because you have lost something He was utterly bereft when his wife died. The shock of his departure had left her feeling alone and bereft. See related entries: Unhappiness, Loneliness
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: archaic past participle of bereave.
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