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deprive (dɪˈpraɪv


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
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)
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


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