\ ˈrēv How to pronounce reave (audio) \
reaved or reft\ ˈreft How to pronounce reft (audio) \; reaving

Definition of reave

transitive verb

1 archaic
a(1) : rob, despoil
(2) : to deprive one of
b : seize
2 archaic : to carry or tear away

Other Words from reave

reaver noun

First Known Use of reave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for reave

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

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The first known use of reave was before the 12th century

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“Reave.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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