: to take (something) away from (someone or something) : to not allow (someone or something) to have or keep (something)
The change in her status deprived her of access to classified information.
The new environmental law will deprive some fishermen of their livelihood.
They're depriving him of a chance to succeed.
—often used as (be) deprived of
The children are being deprived of a good education.
The study is examining what happens to people when they are deprived of sleep.
Examples of deprive of in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThat is, the unsophisticated you, deprived of all glamorous aides.—Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 The mug shot is the antithesis of a selfie, the subject deprived of control.—Karen Heller, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 From a genuine cross-section of New Yorkers of many colors and classes, a jury was selected that seemed likely to do justice in a criminal case in which a man might be found guilty and deprived of his freedom.—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2023 For Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari – who served as a minister in the PTI government – Mr. Khan’s absence from the political arena will mean voters are deprived of their freedom to choose.—Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Aug. 2023 His petition, filed in on Monday in Tennessee probate court, alleges he’s been deprived of the rights to his name, image and likeness.—Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Aug. 2023 Audiobooks require an individual actor to do a lot more (evoke an entire universe of characters) with a lot less: deprived of sets and scene partners, but also the full range of their instrument — namely their visual presence.—Sophia Nguyen, Washington Post, 26 June 2023 But every other lever that might’ve been pulled to stop and counteract the damage wrought by Trump was left in its place; particularly by Republicans, who’ve never actually been deprived of the means or opportunity to hold the de facto leader of their party accountable.—Dell Cameron, WIRED, 25 Aug. 2023 The Baker Act allows individuals believed to have a mental illness who are dangerous to oneself or others to be deprived of liberty so that they can be medically assessed and stabilized.—David Silvers, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2023 See More
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