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deprive (dɪˈpraɪv Pronunciation for deprive

Definitions

verb (transitive)

  1. (followed by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
  2. (archaic) to remove from rank or office; depose; demote

Derived Forms

deˈprivable adjective
deˈprival noun
deˈpriver noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private

Translations for 'deprive'

  • British English: deprive If you deprive someone of something that they want or need, you take it away from them, or you prevent them from having it. VERBThey've been deprived of the fuel necessary to heat their homes.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: privar
  • Chinese: 剥夺剥剝夺奪
  • European Spanish: privar
  • French: priver
  • German: berauben
  • Italian: privare
  • Japanese: 奪う
  • Korean: 박탈하다
  • Portuguese: privar
  • Spanish: privar

Example Sentences Including 'deprive'

At length Amy heard that the Royal Lambeth Hospital was not proposing to deprive her of her studentship.
Thomas, Rosie The White Dove
Let's stop arming aggressive regimes, but let's not deprive smaller peaceful countries of the capacity to defend themselves against them.
Spiked (2003)
MPs tend to eat poorly, stop exercising and deprive themselves of sleep.
canada.com (2004)
My dictionary gives the following definition: rob, deprive , (of life, hope, etc.), leave desolate (Pocket Oxford Dictionary).
Pearson, Althea Growing Through Loss and Grief
She'd deprive her heart of the oxygen of feeling, and that way, in the course of time, the flame would go out by itself.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
There are folks who go to Morecambe who'll never get the chance to come to Vegas and who am I to deprive them?
Laurie Graham MR STARLIGHT (2004)
They lay waste to corn and peanut fields and deprive more than 100 species - including squirrels and deer - of food.
canada.com (2004)
We would never deprive a disabled person of something like a crutch.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Yesterday he resisted demands to deprive Sinn Fein staff of their Commons passes.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)

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