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[ dih-prahyv ]

verb (used with object)

, de·prived, de·priv·ing.
  1. to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons):

    to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.

  2. to remove from ecclesiastical office.


/ dɪˈpraɪv /


  1. foll by of to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
  2. archaic.
    to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
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Derived Forms

  • deˈpriver, noun
  • deˈprival, noun
  • deˈprivable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • de·priva·ble adjective
  • de·prival noun
  • de·priv·a·tive [dih-, priv, -, uh, -tiv], adjective
  • de·priver noun
  • nonde·priva·ble adjective
  • prede·prive verb (used with object) predeprived predepriving
  • self-de·priving adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of deprive1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English depriven, from Anglo-French, Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + prīvāre “to deprive” ( prīv(us) private + -āre infinitive suffix)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of deprive1

C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private
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Synonym Study

See strip 1.
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Example Sentences

Segregating dispensaries deprives small businesses of a ready income stream from the foot traffic dispensaries already generate.

The state and county boards contended that Hutchins had not yet been deprived of the right to vote.

We know that if children miss out on their education, particularly those in more deprived areas, that will have a lasting negative impact on their health and their life chances.

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Responding to my query, he wrote that “facial recognition should not be used to deprive people of liberty.”

Here was Genius, which had invested considerable time and money in developing its lyrics database, allegedly being deprived of traffic and revenue — an argument that many aggrieved publishers identify with.

“Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use.

It would also deprive a lot of kids like Henry of the opportunity to present their asylum claims.

But in reality all diets are basically the same—deprive the body of nutrients and it will begin to consume itself.

But in principle you could deprive humans of all kind of things to see what happened.

Is the market an inert force to be manipulated and exploited, to deprive it of hard-earned cash?

Robert, emperor of Germany, died, just as a powerful combination had been formed to deprive him of the crown.

Well, then, by meriting happiness, I will take revenge upon the injustice which would deprive me of it.

In this case, the idea of a greater good determines him to deprive himself of one less desirable.

He will naturally resent it; it would deprive us of his friendship or regard: nay it would, perhaps, make him hate us.

Does not tyranny deprive princes of true power, the love of the people, in which is safety?


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