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BERE'AVE, verb transitive preterit tense bereaved, bereft: participle passive bereaved, bereft.

1. To deprive; to strip; to make destitute; with of before the thing taken away.

Me have ye bereaved of my children. Genesis 42:36.

It is sometimes used without of, and is particularly applied to express the loss of friends by death.

2. To take away from.