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reave

1
[reev]
verb (used with object), reaved or reft, reav·ing. Archaic.
  1. to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.
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Origin of reave

1
before 900; Middle English reven, Old English rēafian; cognate with German rauben, Dutch roven to rob

reave

2
[reev]
verb (used with or without object), reaved or reft, reav·ing.
  1. Archaic. to rend; break; tear.
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Origin of reave

2
1175–1225; Middle English; apparently special use of reave1 (by association with rive)
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Historical Examples of reave

  • I am doing what I can to reave the heavens of these monsters.

    The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)

    Robert G. Ingersoll

  • But they try to reave from God, His part, who would be praised of men for good deeds.

  • Not forty Van Hupfeldts nor a legion of ghosts should reave him of those telling pieces of evidence!

    The Late Tenant

    Louis Tracy


British Dictionary definitions for reave

reave

1
verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft) archaic
  1. to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
  2. (tr foll by of) to deprive; stripSee also reive
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Word Origin for reave

Old English reāfian; related to Old High German roubōn to rob, Old Norse raufa to break open

reave

2
verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft)
  1. archaic to break or tear (something) apart; cleave
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Word Origin for reave

C13 reven, probably from reave 1 and influenced in meaning by rive
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Word Origin and History for reave

v.

Old English reafian "to rob (something from someone), plunder, pillage," from Proto-Germanic *raubjon (cf. Old Frisian ravia, Middle Dutch roven, Dutch rooven, Old High German roubon, German rauben), from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). Related: Reaved; reaving.

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