bereave /bɪˈriːv/


I. verb ( be bereaved)

1. be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death

she had recently been bereaved
(as adj. bereaved)
bereaved families
(as noun the bereaved)
those who counsel the bereaved.
– origin Old English berēafian (see be-, reave). The original sense was ‘deprive of’ in general.

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