Definition of deprive
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
working those long hours was depriving him of his sleep
one of scores of bishops who had been deprived after the anticlericals came to power
Recent Examples of deprive from the Web
The investigation showed that by allowing Elcan to use the names, access numbers and passwords of other CCM employees, Elcan and CCM were deceptive in depriving T.D. Ameritrade the ability to enforce the ban against Elcan.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message attracted young voters in droves at last month’s general election, depriving May of her parliamentary majority.
The Supreme Court has held since the 1970s that depriving prisoners of medical treatment violates the Eighth Amendment.
The Syrian government stopped paying teacher and other government salaries several months ago, depriving many residents of the ability to buy what limited food is available.
Trumka told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that the bill would deprive millions of working people of health insurance.
Johnson being removed from the Democratic caucus would deprive him of using the group's resources, including research and communications services.
Depriving 22 million Americans of health insurance—and as a result, risking their lives—for the sake of overturning Obama-era legislation or saving the government $321 billion (as the BCRA will reportedly do by 2026) is despicable.
Waterlogged soil deprives roots of oxygen, reducing the ability of trees or shrubs to take up and provide necessary nutrients.
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Definition of deprive for Students
: to take something away from or keep from having something Mr. Sir was no longer depriving him of water. — Louis Sachar, Holes
Medical Definition of deprive
: 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
Legal Definition of deprive
: 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\ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprī-\ play noun
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