[ dih-prahyv ]
/ dɪˈpraɪv /

verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing.

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.
to remove from ecclesiastical office.



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Origin of deprive

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)

synonym study for deprive

1. See strip1.

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British Dictionary definitions for deprive

/ (dɪˈpraɪv) /

verb (tr)

(foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote

Derived forms of deprive

deprivable, adjectivedeprival, noundepriver, noun

Word Origin for deprive

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

[ dĭ-prīv ]


To take something from someone or something.
To keep from possessing or enjoying something.
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