Pronunciation: (bi-rēv'),[key] —v.t.,-reaved or -reft, -reav•ing. 1. to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death (usually fol. by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother. 2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually fol. by of): The war bereaved them of their home. 3. Obs.to take away by violence.