reave

play
verb \ ˈrēv \

Definition of reave

reaved or reft play \ˈreft\; reaving
intransitive verb
transitive verb
1 archaic
a (1) :rob, despoil
(2) :to deprive one of
b :seize
2 archaic :to carry or tear away

reaver

noun

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Origin and Etymology of reave

Middle English reven, from Old English rēafian; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob, Latin rumpere to break


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