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reave

play
verb \ˈrēv\

Definition of reave

reaved or reft play \ˈreft\ reav·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  plunder, rob

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic a (1) :  rob, despoil (2) :  to deprive one of b :  seize

  5. 2 archaic :  to carry or tear away

reav·er noun


Origin of reave

Middle English reven, from Old English rēafian; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob, Latin rumpere to break


First Known Use: before 12th century


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