Grieve vs Bereave - What's the difference?

grieve | bereave |

As an adjective grieve

is .

As a verb bereave is

to deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From the conjugated forms of (etyl) .


  • To cause sorrow or distress to.
  • * Bible, Eph. iv. 30
  • Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.
  • * Cowper
  • The maidens grieved themselves at my concern.
  • To feel very sad about; to mourn; to sorrow for.
  • to grieve one's fate
  • To experience grief.
  • (archaic) To harm.
  • To submit or file a grievance.
  • * 2009 D'Amico, Rob , Editor, Texas Teacher , published by Texas AFT (affiliate of American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO); "Austin classified employees gain due process rights", April 2009, p14:
  • Even if the executive director rules against the employee on appeal, the employee can still grieve the termination to the superintendent followed by an appeal to the [...] Board of Trustees.
    Derived terms
    * grieved * griever * grievingly

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A governor of a town or province.
  • (chiefly, Scotland) A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Their children were horsewhipped by the grieve .
    Derived terms
    * (l)


    * English ergative verbs ----




  • To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip.
  • To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
  • To deprive of power; prevent.
  • To take away someone or something important or close; deprive.
  • Death bereaved him of his wife.
    The castaways were bereft of hope.
  • (rare) To destroy life; cut off.
  • Derived terms

    * bereavement * bereaver