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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Doctors told police Vera had been deprived of oxygen for more than 10 minutes, resulting in a severe brain injury. Fox News, "Unlicensed midwife arrested after baby dies following delivery," 8 July 2019 Doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center told police that the baby, named Vera, had been deprived of oxygen for more than 10 minutes, causing severe, life-threatening swelling in her brain. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Unlicensed Nebraska midwife arrested after baby dies following botched home birth," 5 July 2019 Her death was a tragedy not only for her and her family, but for the entire world, having been deprived of decades of additional discoveries. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Europe's Next Mars Rover Is Named After a Pioneer of DNA Research," 7 Feb. 2019 The inhabitants of Guadeloupe have been deprived of their national identity and become domiens. The New York Review of Books, "Maryse Condé," 6 Feb. 2019 The state has said in court filings that the prisoners haven’t been deprived of any rights protected by state or federal law. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Report blasts Georgia solitary confinement as ‘draconian’," 10 July 2018 The realization that she has been deprived of a country only registers later, after the family has left Europe. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 One of the latest findings is that phase separation allows certain types of cells to cheat death when they are deprived of nutrients or otherwise put under stress. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 2018 People who had been deprived, who had been discriminated against. The New Yorker, "Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations," 10 June 2019

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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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