1. deprive through death
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bereave \Be*reave"\ (b[-e]*r[=e]v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Bereaved (b[-e]*r[=e]vd"), Bereft (b[-e]*r[e^]ft"); p.
pr. & vb. n. Bereaving.] [OE. bireven, AS. bere['a]fian.
See Be-, and Reave.]
1. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before
the person or thing taken away.
Madam, you have bereft me of all words. --Shak.
Bereft of him who taught me how to sing. --Tickell.
2. To take away from. [Obs.]
All your interest in those territories
Is utterly bereft you; all is lost. --Shak.
3. To take away. [Obs.]
Shall move you to bereave my life. --Marlowe.
Note: The imp. and past pple. form bereaved is not used in
reference to immaterial objects. We say bereaved or
bereft by death of a relative, bereft of hope and
Syn: To dispossess; to divest.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: deprive through death
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "bereave":
abridge, bleed, curtail, cut off, deprive, deprive of, disentitle,
disinherit, dispossess, divest, drain, ease one of, leave,
leave behind, lighten one of, lose, milk, mine, orphan, oust, rob,
strip, take away from, take from, tap, widow