reave


reave

verb \ˈrēv\
reaved or reft \ˈreft\ reav·ing

Definition of REAVE

intransitive verb
:  plunder, rob
transitive verb
1
archaic
a (1) :  rob, despoil
(2) :  to deprive one of
b :  seize
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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