deprive

verb de·prive \ di-ˈprīv \

Definition of deprive

deprived; depriving
transitive verb
1 obsolete :remove
  • 'tis honor to deprive dishonored life
  • —Shakespeare
2 :to take something away from
  • deprived him of his professorship
  • —J. M. Phalen
  • the risk of injury when the brain is deprived of oxygen
3 :to remove from office
  • the Archbishop … would be deprived and sent to the Tower
  • —Edith Sitwell
4 :to withhold something from
  • deprived a citizen of her rights

Examples of deprive in a Sentence

  1. working those long hours was depriving him of his sleep

  2. one of scores of bishops who had been deprived after the anticlericals came to power

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Origin and Etymology of deprive

Middle English depriven, from Anglo-French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- + privare to deprive — more at private



DEPRIVE Defined for Kids

deprive

verb de·prive \ di-ˈprīv \

Definition of deprive for Students

deprived; depriving
:to take something away from or keep from having something
  • Mr. Sir was no longer depriving him of water.
  • —Louis Sachar, Holes

Medical Dictionary

deprive

transitive verb de·prive \ di-ˈprīv \

medical Definition of deprive

deprived; depriving
:to take something away from and especially something that is usually considered essential for mental or physical well-being
  • a child deprived of emotional support
  • tissue deprived of oxygen

Law Dictionary

deprive

transitive verb de·prive

legal Definition of deprive

deprived; depriving
:to take away or withhold something from
  • no person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law
  • U.S. Constitution amend. V

deprivation

play \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprī-\ noun


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