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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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 on the Web By filing a civil-forfeiture complaint, U.S. prosecutors aim to not only prevent delivery of the Iranian fuel to Venezuela, which began the journey last month, but also deprive Tehran of the revenues from the cargo and deter future shipments. ... Ian Talley And Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "U.S. Seeks to Seize Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela," 2 July 2020 But Hong Kong may prove to be a windfall beneficiary of efforts to deprive Chinese companies of access to U.S. capital markets. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Trump’s China hawks are taking wing," 26 June 2020 The ruling recognized the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a right to counsel and the Fourteenth Amendment’s provision that the government can’t deprive someone of life, liberty, or property without due process. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 By its own acknowledgment, the air district struggles to get a handle on curbing odors that deprive residents of enjoying their yards and can seep into homes. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s 'Black Lives Matter' protests echo a long quest for environmental justice," 18 June 2020 But only half the demand gets met: Waste, corruption, and poor infrastructure deprive the city. National Geographic, "Indus Lifeline," 16 June 2020 This would get regulators off its back and liberate AWS, but would deprive Amazon of the money-machine that funds everything else. The Economist, "The genius of Amazon The pandemic has shown that Amazon is essential—but vulnerable," 18 June 2020 Such separations deprive infants of close, immediate contact with their mothers that doctors recommend. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns," 14 June 2020 This week’s draft, limited to five rounds in a cost-cutting effort during the coronavirus shutdown, will deprive many amateurs of a chance to realize their dream of getting drafted. John Shea,, "Giants Splash: Championship-caliber players still were available after 5 rounds," 10 June 2020

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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 entry 1

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“Deprive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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
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
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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