Definition of deprive
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
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
Recent Examples of deprive from the Web
The report notes research showing that second jobs can lead to stress and burnout, and Ferguson wrote that allowing unreported second jobs could deprive the department of a tool for spotting red flags that could suggest corruption.
The justices have agreed to consider whether Wisconsin’s State Assembly map violates the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause because it was drawn to neutralize the votes of Democrats, depriving them of representation.
Main Events used to promote Pernell Whitaker, who was deprived of deserved victories against Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Cesar Chavez.
The problem began with a long stretch of warm weather over the winter, which deprived the trees of chill hours.
Indians deprived of first and second, one out in ninth inning because plate umpire CB Bucknor made terrible third-strike call on Edwin Encarnacion in 3-2 count.
He was subsequently found guilty of draft evasion and deprived of his boxing titles.
An undefeated foe threatened to deprive him of the chance.
Their findings: one in ten Americans are chronically sleep-deprived.
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Definition of deprive for Students
: to take something away from or keep from having something Mr. Sir was no longer depriving him of water. — Louis Sachar, Holes
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
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 law — U.S. Constitution amend. V
deprivation\ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprī-\ play noun
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