deprive

verb
de·​prive | \ di-ˈprīv How to pronounce deprive (audio) \
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 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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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 Keto Diets Ketosis occurs when the body, deprived of food for 12 hours or more, switches its energy source from carbs and glucose to fatty acids. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 The agency has tracked detailed quality statistics on its nursing homes for years but has kept them from public view, depriving veterans of potentially crucial health care information. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump team cannot get its story straight on separating migrant families," 18 June 2018 The Lancia is mid-engined, with a firewall behind the driver and passenger that deprives it of any real utility; even the 200 road cars were strictly two-seaters with no real cargo space. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 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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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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