deprive

[dih-prahyv]

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.

Nearby words

  1. depressor nerve,
  2. depressurize,
  3. depretis,
  4. deprivation,
  5. deprivative,
  6. deprived,
  7. deprofessionalize,
  8. deprogram,
  9. deprogramme,
  10. depside

Origin of deprive

1275–1325; Middle English depriven < Anglo-French, Old French depriver < Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + prīvāre to deprive (prīv(us) private + -āre infinitive suffix)

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British Dictionary definitions for deprive

deprive

verb (tr)

(foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
Derived Formsdeprivable, 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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Word Origin and History for deprive

deprive

v.

mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- "entirely" (see de-) + privare "release from" (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.

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Medicine definitions for deprive

deprive

[dĭ-prīv]

v.

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

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