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bereave (the commonest use is ‘to deprive’ a person “of” a thing, chiefly in pa. pple. “bereft”)
1. to take away (a thing) “from” a person 2H6 III. i. 85, Oth. I. iii. 259, Lucr. 835; always passive.
2. to rob of its strength or beauty, (hence) to impair, spoil Err. II. i. 40 “to see like right bereft,” Lr. IV. iv. 9 “his bereaved sense,” Ven. 797.
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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