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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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 on the Web And who in their right mind would want to deprive these hardworking people of that? Claudia Eller, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Maricopa County, Arizona is experiencing a surge in mosquitoes with the West Nile virus and officials are urging residents to deprive the critters of their water source. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2021 John Makos, 41, a Millville resident who works at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, was charged with conspiracy to deprive the inmates of their civil rights. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Republicans in state legislatures all across the country are slowly gaming the system to deprive voters of their power. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 States that enacted partisan gerrymandering -- redrawing congressional districts to favor the Republican party and deprive Black people of voting power -- tended to have higher infant mortality rates, Keena says. John Blake, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Sullivan gave the government two weeks to halt a practice that opponents say is unnecessary and improperly relies on the threat posed by covid-19 to deprive people of their right to seek asylum in the United States. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 To prevent such an attack, Mr. Biden and Congress should swiftly work to deprive the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies of the resources required for attacks on the U.S. homeland. Matthew Zweig And Richard Goldberg, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 Virginia center fielder Chris Newell went above the wall to deprive Andres Sosa of a solo home run. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 14 June 2021

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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 entry 1

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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


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


transitive verb
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 deprive (audio) \ noun

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