Pronunciation: (bi-rēv'), [key]
—v.t., -reaved or -reft, -reav•ing.
1. to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death (usually fol. by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother.
2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually fol. by of): The war bereaved them of their home.
3. Obs.to take away by violence.
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