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.