- 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.
Origin of deprive
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1. See strip1.
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Examples from the Web for deprive
“Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use.Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent
July 28, 2014
It would also deprive a lot of kids like Henry of the opportunity to present their asylum claims.The Immigrant Kids Suing America
July 11, 2014
But in principle you could deprive humans of all kind of things to see what happened.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
Is the market an inert force to be manipulated and exploited, to deprive it of hard-earned cash?5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing
July 12, 2013
And to deprive somebody for money of heath care or [medical] testing is bordering on criminal.Sheldon Adelson, RINO
December 5, 2012
What can I do, pray, to give her my fortune and deprive my children of it?The Imaginary Invalid
That it is impossible to deprive men of the liberty of saying what they think.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
In the meantime there was no necessity to deprive them of their ponies.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
No power on earth can deprive him of his rights as an American citizen.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Deprive him of the power of management, and it might cost Mr. Channing his place.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
- archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private
Word Origin and History for deprive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To take something from someone or something.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying something.
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