deprive

verb
de·​prive | \di-ˈprīv \
deprived; depriving

Definition of deprive 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deprive

Synonyms

defrock, depose, dethrone, displace, oust, uncrown, unmake, unseat, unthrone

Antonyms

crown, enthrone, throne

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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

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The dispute stands to deprive the mountainside gathering of a delegation of dozens of Russian oligarchs and state company executives. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Russia Threatens to Boycott Davos Over Disinvited Tycoons," 13 Nov. 2018 Harvick closed a gap of more than 1.5 seconds over the final few laps, but was not able to deprive Busch of tying him with a season-best seven wins this season. Fox News, "Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Richmond race from the back of the pack," 24 Sep. 2018 This year, once again, the world was deprived of Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July Spectacular. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "How 25 Celebrities Celebrated the Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 Collusion requires a conspiracy or arrangement between multiple actors governed by the CBA—the NFL and a team, or two or more teams—to deprive a player of a collectively bargained right. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Latest Wrinkle in Colin Kaepernick's Collusion Case: Polling Data?," 24 May 2018 Today, the Pences are excruciatingly careful not to deprive Trump of spotlight. Celeste Katz, Town & Country, "Karen Pence Is Playing the Mother of All Long Games," 19 Apr. 2018 The heart still functions, but the cells that were deprived of oxygen beat slowly and feebly. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 Investigators testified that the Turpin children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, lived mostly in locked rooms and were deprived of food, toys, games, schooling and most outside contact, barring two family visits to Disneyland and Las Vegas. Fox News, "Latest: Adult children of couple accused of abuse in court," 22 June 2018 Investigators testified that the Turpin children, ranging in age from 2 to 29, lived mostly in locked rooms and were deprived of food, toys, games, schooling and most outside contact, barring two family visits to Disneyland and Las Vegas. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Turpin sister's photos of shackled siblings draw gasps in court," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of deprive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deprive

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

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More Definitions for deprive

deprive

verb
de·​prive | \di-ˈprīv \
deprived; depriving

Kids Definition of deprive

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

deprive

transitive verb
de·​prive | \di-ˈprīv \
deprived; depriving

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

deprive

transitive verb
de·​prive
deprived; depriving

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 lawU.S. Constitution amend. V

Other Words from deprive

deprivation \ ˌde-​prə-​ˈvā-​shən, ˌdē-​ˌprī-​ \ noun

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