Meaning of bereave
Pronunciation: (bi-rēv'), [key]
— -reaved -reft, -reav•ing.
- to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death (usually fol. by of&hasp;): Illness bereaved them of their mother.
- to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually fol. by of&hasp;): The war bereaved them of their home.
- to take away by violence.
- bereave (Thesaurus)