deprive

verb
de·​prive | \ di-ˈprīv How to pronounce deprive (audio) \
deprived; depriving

Definition of deprive

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for deprive

Synonyms

abate, bereave, divest, strip

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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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This would deprive the board of the training division's insights and expertise, their report said. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Report: Don't allow Portland cops involved in shootings to view video evidence before interview," 9 Feb. 2018 The lawsuit filed in 2015 argues that government officials have known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution from fossil fuels was causing climate change and that policies on oil and gas deprive the young people of life, liberty and property. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial," 23 Oct. 2018 Critics argue that rebooting franchises with a black lead deprives people of color of their own original stories. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Coming Back With a Black Female Lead—and I'm Here for It," 27 July 2018 But what strikes me about the case is how utterly mainstream Tseytlin’s theory became in GOP circles very quickly, and how brazenly undemocratic Republicans have been in pursuit of their goal of depriving people of their health insurance. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The latest Obamacare ruling is part of a larger conservative attack on democracy," 15 Dec. 2018 Research shows that fat cells in those who are sleep-deprived are less able to respond properly to insulin, which may lead to weight gain. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 Their condition, it was written about that they were starved, they were deprived of water, basic sanitation, no education. Fox News, "Was there anything illegal about the Trump Tower meeting?," 6 Aug. 2018 Among the 800,000 federal employees deprived of a paycheck during the government's partial shutdown, aviation workers have warned that their lack of compensation imperils the safety of anyone boarding a U.S. commercial flight. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Flight Attendants Union President: Government Shutdown Is 'Disaster' for Aviation Safety," 24 Jan. 2019 Crowdfunding campaigns to erase student lunch debt are one way concerned citizens are addressing the issue, but some states have also put policies into place to prevent students from being humiliated in cafeterias or deprived of nutritious meals. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of deprive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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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deprive

verb
de·​prive | \ di-ˈprīv How to pronounce deprive (audio) \
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 How to pronounce deprive (audio) \
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-​ How to pronounce deprivation (audio) \ noun

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