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 for Bereave
From 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.]
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     1. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before
        the person or thing taken away.
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              Madam, you have bereft me of all words. --Shak.
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              Bereft of him who taught me how to sing. --Tickell.
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     2. To take away from. [Obs.]
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              All your interest in those territories
              Is utterly bereft you; all is lost.   --Shak.
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     3. To take away. [Obs.]
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              Shall move you to bereave my life.    --Marlowe.
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     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
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     Syn: To dispossess; to divest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: deprive through death

From 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

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